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This award, the largest of its kind in the world, is awarded annually to an outstanding junior scholar chosen from all countries, from any field of study relevant to The Origins Project, and will consist of a $10,000 USD award, coach travel to/from Tempe, Arizona, and accommodations during week-long visit. In addition to participating in the awards ceremony, the winner will give 3 talks on his or her research, as well as participate in other Origins Project events during the visit.
The deadline for faculty nomination letters will be announced soon. The award is open to junior scholars who were awarded the PhD no earlier than July 1, 2015 and do not hold a tenured, tenure-track, or equivalent position. Each eligible department head may put forward only one nominee for the award. The relevant hosting department at ASU will provide office space for the winning candidate during his or her stay in Tempe.
Criteria for selection include evidence of outstanding research credentials and the potential for creative leadership in the candidate’s chosen field, as well as the ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts to a broad audience in English. The selection committee will include faculty from a wide array of disciplines, as well as members of the Origins Project External Advisory committee.
An overview of the award is available in PDF.
Faculty nomination letters must be uploaded online to our confidential Dropbox account. Nominators can be any faculty members familiar with the candidate and his or her research. However, as only one nominee per department will be considered, the Origins Project must receive the Chair Nomination Form confirming that the candidate will represent their department in the award competition. The postdoctoral scholar is responsible for verifying that they have both been received by the deadline. Please see Instructions for Nominators for more information.
Short-listed nominees will be contacted in mid-November to submit the following materials
The deadline for short-listed candidate materials will be determined soon. Candidates: please do not submit materials until requested by the Origins Project.
For Faculty and Chair Nominators
We encourage nominations for junior scholars working in all fields relevant to the Origins Project. While all fields of science, humanities and social sciences will be considered, particular emphasis will be placed on the following areas:
Geology & Planetary Science
Mathematics & Statistics
 The award winner will responsible for obtaining any relevant travel visas. Award winners will be responsible for any taxes incurred on the award.
 Talks will include a large public lecture aimed at the university community and members of the public as well as three colloquia level talks aimed at faculty and students in related disciplines. The talks will be filmed. Unless otherwise arranged, it is expected that copyright will reside with the Origins Project and ASU and the Origins Project will have permission to use images/lecture materials as well as permission to post the lectures online.
 Nominations will be accepted for junior scholars who are not currently working for Arizona State University.