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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, for the establishment of new collaborations etc. that exceeded typical expectations.

    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).

    Outstanding engagement prize

    This prize recognises postdoc involvement in public engagement activities including (but not limited to) outreach events, school visits, patient information, community consultation, the development of links with policy makers, commercial companies and / or stakeholders.

    If public engagement activities are the main component of the research project, consider nominating the postdoc for the Research Excellence prize instead as this prize rewards public engagement activities carried out on the side of the main research project.

    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 is 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 Fellowship holders) from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

    Postdocs can be nominated by any staff from the Faculty of MHLS, including self-nominations, and by MHLS PhD students in the case of the "Exceptional support prize".

  • 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 of the Faculty (PI, Postdoc, technical staff, administration staff) 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 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 within the current year (September to September)


    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 2019

    • Send the completed form to, Subject: PDC prizes, before the 16/08/2019
  • 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 (£500 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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