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  • Prizes categories

    Research excellence prize

    This prize recognises outstanding scientific performance. It can for example relate to exceptional personal contribution to the progression of projects (innovation, problem solving, the completion of very high quality work), the publication of major papers or patents, invited presentations at International conferences, obtaining of prizes or external funding, establishment of new collaborations, management of collaborations with external partners (including policy makers and industrial partners), engagement with innovation and commercialisation, evidence of esteem from the research field etc. that exceeded typical expectations.

    Note that not all elements listed above are required; just include as many as relevant.

    Postdoc citizenship prize

    This category recognises postdoc involvement in QUB business through, for example: committee work, the organisation of events (e.g. conferences, symposia, courses, laboratory research meetings, journal clubs, etc.), volunteering for students’ activities (e.g. chairing/judging at symposium). Being a member of a committee will be considered but emphasis should be made on the actual contribution of the postdoc to the committee rather than simple membership (i.e. actions and outcomes). Contributions to national, international or field-specific committees can also be included.

    Outstanding engagement prize

    This prize recognises postdoc involvement in public engagement activities including (but not limited to) outreach events, student recruitment events, school visits, patient information, community consultation and information.

    Note that this prize rewards public engagement activities carried out on the side of the main research project. The development of collaborations with external partners such as industrial partners, engagement with innovation and commercialisation as well as PPI embedded within the research project (in example when the research project itself involves the community) will better fit the “Research excellence” prize.

    Exceptional support prize

    This prize recognises outstanding postdoc 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). Substantial involvement in general lab management, Health & Safety and administrative tasks in support of the PI are also included in this category.

  • Who can nominate / be nominated?

    The prizes can only be awarded to current postdocs (defined as Research Fellows, Senior Research Fellows or non-clinical Early Career Fellowship holders) from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

    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.

    Postdocs can be nominated by any Queen's staff (including PIs, other postdocs, non-research staff...), and by MHLS PhD students in the case of the "Exceptional support prize".

    Self-nominations are possible in one category only (note that the judges don't know who the nominations were written by to avoid potential bias).

  • How to nominate?

    A few rules:

    • Postdocs from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences can nominate themselves in one category only
    • Any staff member can nominate a maximum of one postdoc per category, so a maximum of 4 nominations (1 in each) per year. Use separate forms for each prize
    • Only current postdocs (Research fellows, Senior research fellows, Fellowship holders) from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences who will still be in post in September can be nominated
    • The activities recognised by the citizenship, engagement and support prizes shouldn’t have negatively impacted their research, and postdocs nominated should have met all of the expected requirements of their position
    • The activities which qualify must have been carried out (or be planned) within the Academic year (September to August)


    To nominate:

    • Complete the form below. The abstract should sum up your reasons for nominating the postdoc, including the principal accomplishments and your personal view on the postdoc's 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 postdoc, 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: PDC prizes, before the 10/07/2020
  • Outcome
    • Each nomination will be evaluated by a panel
    • Four nominations per category will be shortlisted
    • One postdoc per category 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 postdoc nominated is shortlisted

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