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  • Remit of the prize

    The “AHSS Researcher of the year” prize aims to recognise the exceptional contributions of postdoctoral Researchers to the University. In particular, the prize aims to reward those who excel in what they do, who “go the extra-mile” in their research, in their contribution to the life of the University, in their contribution to Public Engagement and in the provision of support for their group, colleagues, School.

    What to consider in your nomination?

    • Research excellence: exceptional personal contribution to the progression of projects (innovation, problem solving, the completion of very high quality work), the publication of major papers or relevant outputs, invited presentations at international conferences, obtaining of prizes or external funding, establishment of new collaborations, the development of links with policymakers, community stakeholders, and/or commercial companies, evidence of esteem from the research field etc. that exceeded typical expectations.
    • Citizenship: involvement in QUB business through, for example: the organisation of events (e.g. conferences, symposia, courses, reading and/or writing groups, journal clubs, etc.), active committee work (e.g. contributions and outcomes), volunteering for students’ activities (e.g. chairing/judging at symposium), etc.
    • Engagement: involvement in public engagement activities including (but not limited to) outreach events, student recruitment events, school visits, media communication (e.g. news, politics programmes…), community consultation etc. (including online activities).
    • Support: involvement in the supervision, training and mentoring of students and fellow staff members (please highlight the quality of the supervision and not just the number of students supervised), teaching, research-related tasks in support of the PI, etc.

    Nominations do not need to include activities from all these categories and can include activities not listed here if deemed relevant.

  • Who can nominate / be nominated?

    This prize can only be awarded to current Research Fellows, Senior Research Fellows, holders of early career postdoctoral fellowships or Research Assistants with a PhD from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, who will still be in post in September. Vice-Chancellor Fellows, Illuminate fellows or holders of fully independent fellowships are not eligible but should consider applying for the “Early Career Researcher” category of the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes.

    Any Queen’s staff member (PI, research staff, technical staff, administration staff…) can nominate a maximum of one Researcher per year.

    Eligible Researchers can self-nominate.

  • How to nominate?

    A few rules:

    • Nominees and nominators need to follow the guidelines stated above
    • The activities detailed in the nomination must have been carried out within the current year (or be planned) between the previous September and the end of August
    • Use specific examples of achievements, not general statements 

    To nominate:

    • Complete the form below. The abstract should sum up your reasons for nominating the Researcher, including the principal accomplishments and your personal view on their performance. This abstract may be published on this website. In addition, please provide a list of maximum 10 specific examples of achievements supporting the nomination, highlighting the personal contribution of the individual, the result and when it happened. Only concrete contributions will be taken into consideration


    Download the Nomination Form 2020

    • Send the completed form to, Subject: AHSS Researcher prize, before the 10/07/2019
  • Outcome
    • Each nomination will be evaluated by a panel
    • Four nominations will be shortlisted (if the number of nominations if sufficiently high)
    • One Researcher will be awarded the prize (£300 before tax; to be paid directly with their salary) during National Postdoc Appreciation Week
    • Nominators will be notified if the individual they nominated is shortlisted (if relevant)

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