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The American Association for the Advancement of Science invites nominations for its early-career award for public engagement with science. This recognises early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.

Nominees must be early-career scientists or engineers in academia, government or industry who actively conduct research in any scientific discipline, including social sciences and medicine. Nominees must be within seven years of receiving their PhD. Self-nominations are accepted.

The award comprises USD 5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to attend the association’s annual meeting.

Visit the awards nomination site from February 15 through August 1, 2019, to nominate a scientist or apply for the 2020 AAAS Early Career Award. Inquiries may be directed to the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology 


  • Candidate must be an individual scientist or engineer. Groups or institutions will not be considered for this award. AAAS employees are ineligible. One scientist or engineer will be chosen to receive the award each year.
  • Candidate must be a scientist or engineer actively conducting research in any scientific discipline (including social sciences and medicine). They may be based in academia, government or industry. Public engagement activities must be above and beyond job responsibilities.
  • Candidate must be “early career” which is defined as an individual who has completed their terminal degree within seven years of the deadline for nominations.
  • Nominees no longer considered "early career" as defined by this award might be eligible for the AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science.
  • Candidate will have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to public engagement with science activities, with a focus on interactive dialogue between the individual and a non-scientific, public audience(s).
  • Types of public engagement activities might include: informal science education, public outreach, public policy, and/or science communication activities, such as mass media, public dialogue, radio, TV and film, science cafés, science fairs, and social and online media.