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How to nominate someone for the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences.


  1. Nominations will be received for candidates within 10 years of completing their highest research qualification, normally (but not necessarily) a PhD, preceding 30 June in the year of the award. Parental and other forms of leave can be deducted from the 10-year post-qualification time limit. Note that the nominee must be undertaking substantive and independent research for the first time in their career.
  2. The prime criterion for the award will be consideration of a single piece of work arising out of research carried out in New Zealand, subsequent to the award of the highest research qualification. "Carried out in New Zealand” includes work of those who were employed in New Zealand for more than 50% of the time during which they performed the work that is being considered in making the award; and/or all those who were resident in New Zealand during that time.
  3. Please list all authors of co-authored papers and give full titles of papers and journals. There may be a case for considering a publication which has not been submitted to the traditional peer review process before the publication. Noting the different nature of publication, of assigning excellence and of peer review in some disciplines, with such a paper please submit an explanation of the review process to which the paper has been subjected.
  4. If the paper is co-authored a clear statement should be made of the candidate’s contribution to the research described therein, and the contribution of other authors.
  5. A paper “in preparation” or “submitted” will not be considered; however, a paper “in press” for which page proofs are available will be considered.

Please also review general criteria that apply to all Royal Society Te Apārangi medals and awards.


Nominations for the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Award for Social Sciences may be made by any person. The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Academy Executive Committee reserves the right to decline any nomination.

Nominations must be loaded onto the Medals and Awards web portal. Please email the Academy (academy@royalsociety.org.nz) if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal.

Nominations are to include one set of the following:

  • One sentence citation of not more than 25 words, describing the research, which may be used for publicity purposes;
  • Nomination summary of not more than 100 words, that clearly explains the research in their paper to a non-specialist;
  • Nomination statement of no more than 500 words highlighting their paper's contributions to research or innovative work of outstanding merit in the Social Sciences.
  • Supporting documents
    • Curriculum vitae of nominee;
    • Two references (to be arranged by the nominator), at least one from outside the nominee’s institution.
    • Electronic copy of the single piece of work for which the award should be judged. This may be a single book, article, chapter or other paper, another form of scholarly output; or evidence clearly demonstrating impact. If a nominated piece of work is co-authored or multi-authored, please clearly identify the contribution of the candidate and the contributions of other authors.
    • Electronic copy of certificate of highest research qualification.