The new IUSSP Early Career Award has been 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 the various regions in the world and boost the global visibility of their achievements. 

General Information:

The IUSSP Early Career Award will be established for the following world regions: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; North America. Per region, one award will be bestowed. These Awards are bestowed 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, starting in 2023.

The Call for Nominations closes on 1 June 2023.



  • 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/elederly-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 members of the IUSSP residing in at least 3 different countries in the region of the candidate (with the exception of North America where support should be from 2 countries);
  • candidates may also nominate themselves; self-nominations must be supported by at least 5 members of the IUSSP residing in at least 3 different countries in the region of the candidate (with the exception of North America where support should be from 2 countries);
  • nominations and self-nominations cannot be supported by members of the IUSSP Council or by the 5 representatives of the regional population associations;
  • nominations should be made to the Executive Director of the IUSSP, Mary Ellen Zuppan, by email ( and include in one document a short (maximum one page) explanatory statement/letter of nomination, a full curriculum vitae including a list of publications of the candidate as well as the names/affiliations of the supporting IUSSP members. Please include in the subject line of the email: "Early Career Awards - The Region - The nominee's name".


Jury and Prize:

Nominations from each region will be judged by a Jury, consisting of 1 representative of each regional association (5) and 1 IUSSP Council member from each region (5) and chaired by the IUSSP President. 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.



  • IUSSP President: Shireen Jejeebhoy
  • Africa: Nkechi Owoo (IUSSP) & Jacques Emina (UAPS)
  • Asia and the Pacific: Edith Gray (IUSSP) & Terry Hull (APA)
  • Europe: Albert Esteve (IUSSP) & Jane Falkingham (EAPS)
  • Latin America and the Carribean: Irene Casique (IUSSP) & Laura Wong (ALAP)
  • North America: Ann Moore (IUSSP) & Shelley Clark (PAA)


The Awards will be presented at a virtual IUSSP event in the fall of 2023 where the awardee may showcase their research. The awardees will also be invited to write a short article for the IUSSP Bulletin and Website to boost the visibility of their work. The Awards will also come with a Certificate and a Free Registration for the next International Population Conference of the IUSSP (IPC 2025, Brisbane, Australia) where the Early Career Awardees will be invited to organize a joint scientific session.