Early Career Scientist Prize


The International Association of Physics Students, serving as the Affiliated Commission 5 (AC5) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), is honored to present the Early Career Scientist Prize. Since its inception in 1987, IAPS has actively engaged physics students worldwide through events like the International Conference of Physics Students and the Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students (PLANCKS), embodying its motto: “By Physics Students for Physics Students.”

The AC5 Early Career Scientist Prize aims to recognize a student who demonstrates leadership in Physics Student Associations, organizes Physics Student Events, and/or engages in Physics Outreach activities. Candidates should also show commitment to advancing the field of Physics through academic excellence.

Additionally, candidates must be enrolled as students pursuing a university degree (Bachelor, Undergraduate, Master, Graduate, PhD).

Important note: Members of the IAPS EC and the AC5 Council of terms 2023-24 and 2022-23 as well as past members of AC5 ECSP Subgroup are not eligible to apply!

Candidacy Requirements:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV):
    • Maximum 3 pages.
    • Links can be included.
  • Personal Statement:
    • Two pages maximum.
    • Candidates are free to structure their application as they wish.
    • Rationale: The CV and personal statement provide candidates with opportunities to highlight their engagement with the physics community, participation in outreach activities, and scientific excellence. Candidates should utilize relevant materials to effectively communicate their qualifications and achievements.
  • Recommendation Letters:
    • Emphasize the candidate’s achievements in academic and associative domains.
    • Content is prioritized over the reputation of the writer.
    • Rationale: Recommendation letters provide an external assessment of the candidate’s qualities, highlighting their achievements in academic and associative contexts, considering the candidate’s geographic and educational background.
  • Declaration of Consent
    • Please download the form by clicking here, fill out, sign it and attach it with the rest of the documents.

All application should be sent to ecsp-applications@iaps.info, with the aforementioned required documents attached.

Evaluation Criteria

Associative Engagement – Evaluation Criteria:

  • Involvement and contribution to the physics student community.
  • Influence on physics students and broader communities.
  • Participation in local, national, or international associations.
  • Active engagement in projects and committees.
  • Implementation of innovative ideas.
  • Efforts in Outreach and Science Communication.

Scientific Excellence – Evaluation Criteria:

  • Focus on the candidate’s research.
  • Quality of education highlighted through recommendation letters.
  • Demonstrated dedication to their research field.
  • Consideration of distinctions, awards, fellowships/scholarships, and breadth of expertise.
  • Stage of career taken into account.