The IUSSP Early Career Award was established by the IUSSP Council in 2023. The Award aims to acknowledge and honor outstanding contributions to the development of our discipline and the broad field of population studies by early career scholars in different world regions and boost the global visibility of their achievements. 



Call for 2025 Early Career Awards - Application Form.


  • Deadline for applications: 1 October 2024
  • Read instructions below.


General Information:

The IUSSP Early Career Award is offered in the following world regions: Africa,  Asia and the Pacific, Europe,  Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America.  One award will be bestowed per region in a unique collaboration with the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS), the Asian Population Association (APA), the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), the Latin American Population Association (ALAP), and the Population Association of America (PAA). The Awards will be bestowed every other year; the next set of awards will be announced in 2025.  



  • Candidates should be early career scholars in the population field with not more than 7 years of experience after their PhD at the time of nomination. [*Extension of the eligibility period (up to 3 years maximum) will be allowed to account for career interruptions such as maternity/paternity leave, child/elderly-care, or illness; these career interruptions should be listed in the (self-)nomination letter.]
  • candidates from a region should be a resident of that region at the time of nomination; in case of temporary postings (e.g. as a postdoc) candidates will qualify for the award from the region in which they are permanently/mainly based. 
  • candidates should be a member of the IUSSP at the time of nomination.
  • nominations should be supported by at least 5 IUSSP members, 3 of whom should be from more than 1 country in the region of the candidate, and 2 supporters may be from other regions.
  • candidates may also nominate themselves; self-nominations must be supported by at least  5 IUSSP members, 3 of whom should be from more than 1 country in the region of the candidate, and 2 supporters may be from other regions.
  • nominations and self-nominations cannot be supported by members of the IUSSP Council.



Nominations should be made by filling out the online application form (soon to be made available). This application form is only accessible to current IUSSP members and ensures that all nominees and sponsors are IUSSP members and meet the eligibility criteria. IUSSP members can nominate a candidate or nominate themselves. 


Before filling out the application, please prepare a short justification (maximum of 1000 characters) for the nomination, and if available, short statements of support from IUSSP sponsors who have been identified as supporters. The following documents should also be prepared for uploading:  


  • a 1-2  page explanatory statement/letter of nomination that can also include supporting statements from sponsors,  
  • a full curriculum vitae including a list of publications of the candidate, and 
  • any justifications for leaves of absence for those who received their PhD more than 7 years ago.  

You will also be asked to enter the last names of supporters to retrieve them from the IUSSP member database. Institutional affiliation and country of residence will be automatically entered based on members' profile information. Please ensure nominees and all sponsors are current IUSSP members and their profile information is up-to-date for institutional affiliation, country of residence and, for nominees, information on their diploma and date awarded. If you do not find the nominee or sponsor's name in the drop-down list, it likely means their membership has expired and they will need to renew before you complete the application, or you will need to find another sponsor. If you cannot complete the application, it will be saved and you can return to fill it in later. If you are nominating someone else, please include yourself as a sponsor. 


Jury and Prize:

Nominations from each region will be judged by a Jury consisting of representatives of each regional association and IUSSP Council members from each region. This Jury will review all the selected nominations and elect 1 awardee for each region. The decision of the Jury is final and will be published on the IUSSP Website and in the IUSSP Bulletin.


The Awards will come with a Certificate and a Free Registration for the next International Population Conference of the IUSSP (IPC 2025, Brisbane, Australia), where they will be presented in an Awards ceremony.