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Call for Applications: 2019 Elsevier NPAW Awards

Wednesday, July 17, 2019   (2 Comments)
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July 17, 2019

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and Elsevier are pleased to offer the 2019 Elsevier National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) Awards. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

NPAW awards will be given in the following categories: best new event, most creative event, best collaborative event, and best PDA-led event. There will be two awards per category, based on the size of the office/group at the institution (e.g. small PDOs/PDAs will not compete with larger PDOs). A total of eight awards will be given to organizations to highlight the work they do the postdocs at their respective institutions.

The winners of "most collaborative" will receive $500 each, while winners in the other three categories will be awarded $250 prizes. A representative from Elsevier will take a picture with the winners after presenting the check personally, or a picture of the winners will be provided to Elsevier for their use.

Each event submission will be blinded and judged on the following criteria. The event with the most points will win the award. In order to be considered for an award, you must submit promotional materials and attendance verification with your application. For all awards, you must have at least five percent or greater participation in the event. Click the links below to submit an event for consideration.

Best New Event - This category is specifically for those who are participating in NPAW for the FIRST time. This award may be most fitting for (but not limited to) those PDOs/PDAs who recently founded their office or received additional funding to host an event. First time participation will be verified against prior event submissions.

Best PDA-led Event - This category will be judged against all of the event submissions for the award year. The events with the least amount of duplication (less than three similar events) will be considered for this award.

Most Collaborative Event - This category is for those who host events with multiple groups/offices from a single campus (at least three or more) or different campuses (at least two or more). This is also for offices or groups from different institutions who get together to host events for their postdocs. For each event, one application should be submitted that lists all the participants along with a brief description of the respective roles in planning or hosting the event (e.g. sponsor, planning committee, marketing, host, etc.).

Most Creative Event - This category is for PDAs only, with minimal input from the PDO (providing funding is considered minimal). To verify input (if any), the PDA must submit a brief statement detailing the roles and responsibilities of the PDA and PDO.

NPAW Awards FAQs

  • My institution hosts multiple events for NPAW. Can I submit multiple events?
    • Events may be considered for multiple awards, but only ONE will be awarded per institution.
  • How will the events be judged?
    • Post-submission, each event will be removed of identifiers (e.g. school, location, etc.) and placed into the respective categories by the Outreach Committee. Each category will be judged by a panel composed of PDA members, Coard members, and committee leaders (not including Outreach).
  • Who can submit an NPAW event for an award?
    • Anyone from the respective institution can submit an NPAW event for an award. However, the person submitting must be able to submit the verification materials (links to promotional materials, attendance verification, and/or roles/responsibilities statement) at the time of submission.

The tenth annual celebration of NPAW will take place September 16 – 20, 2019. The nation’s largest celebration of postdocs, NPAW was established in 2009 with the goal of acknowledging the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars (“postdocs”) make to U.S. research and discovery. During this week-long celebration, institutions across the nation are encouraged to plan activities and events throughout the week and across the country to create awareness of postdocs. To assist institutions in their planning, the NPAW Toolkit is available on the 2019 NPAW Web page.


Administration says...
Posted Friday, July 19, 2019
You can submit an application by clicking on the links in the news item; they lead to a form for applications.
Md Hafiz Uddin says...
Posted Friday, July 19, 2019
Is there any specific format for application? Any sample application will help!