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URA Early Career Award

Washington, DC, June 20, 2018 Universities Research Association (URA) announces the establishment of a new award, the URA Early Career Award, recognizing outstanding work conducted by an early career researcher at Fermilab or benefiting the Fermilab Scientific program.

All Ph.D. researchers at Fermilab or URA member institutions, who are within six years of their initial appointment to a tenure-track or a Fermilab tenure-track equivalent position* as of the nomination deadline are eligible.  The work for which the award is made must directly benefit a Fermilab experiment or accelerator project, or be performed in conjunction with Fermilab staff.  The work may be experimental, theoretical, or a contribution to instrumentation, computing, or accelerator technologies and may include several research projects demonstrating the nominee’s scientific insight and creativity.

The awardee, selected by a panel appointed by the Fermilab Director, is invited to present his/her work at the annual Fermilab Users’ Meeting in June and receives a check for $5,000 from URA.

Fermilab plays a vital role in the training and development of young scientists and engineers.  This new award recognizes the achievements of young researchers in the critical early phase of their career.

Additional information on the award can be found at:


At Fermilab, “tenure track equivalent” positions are Associate Scientist and the Wilson and Peoples fellowships.