Young Investigator Award

About the Award

The International Union of Psychological Science’s Young Investigator Award is given in recognition of a young post-doctoral scientist who has already made a significant contribution to psychological science through excellent research, refereed publications, success in securing research grants, and visibility. Evidence of international collaboration among psychologists or allied disciplines is especially welcome. Presentation of the award will be at the 33rd International Congress of Psychology (ICP) in Prague, Czech Republic, July 2024. The awardee will also be invited to present an address at the Congress. Funds to cover travel and accommodation related to attending the award ceremony will be provided. The award is open to young investigators who have completed their PhD within the 10 years of the 2024 33rd ICP Congress. Considerations may also be given where a longer period has elapsed due to official leave and/or extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the nominee. Two awards are available in this category: one for young investigators within basic science, and one for those working within applied science.

Nominations Process

Nominations should include the following documents:

  • a completed nomination form from a National Member
  • a curriculum vitae and current contact details of the nominee(s), including a full list of publications, grants, and awards (maximum length 12 pages)
  • evidence of the PhD and the date of its conferral
  • overview of the dissertation and a summary of its findings
  • a supporting statement from the National Member
  • a maximum of three supporting letters of recommendation outlining the merits of the nominee from scientists familiar with the nominee’s research and theoretical writings.

The statement from the nominating National Member should also address the following questions:

  • What circumstances make this scientist/team eligible for this award?
  • What are the general themes of the nominee’s research program?
  • What important research findings are attributed to the nominee?
  • What has been the significant and enduring influence of the research?

All information may be accessed online. Nominations should be submitted electronically to the IUPsyS Secretariat ( Please make the message subject header: 2024 IUPsyS Awards – Young Investigator. Nominations should be received by October 01, 2023. Incomplete, nominations that do not follow the guidelines, and late nominations will not be considered.

Selection Procedure

Each award is considered by a separate independent global panel of distinguished psychological scientists and the process is overseen by the immediate Past President who establishes the panels. Nominations and decision-making are confidential to those panels.

The selection of awardees is made at least six months prior to the Congress. The selected award recipients will be informed and invited to attend the 33rd International Congress of Psychology (ICP2024) in Prague, Czech Republic, July 21-26, 2024. At ICP2024, the recipients will participate in awardee activities, including delivering an address at the Congress.

Only National Members can submit nominations for the Awards and the IUPsyS Secretariat is responsible for administration of the process.

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