NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award: Now Accepting Applications

Applications are open for the annual NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award, which recognizes early-career M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. scientists who have conducted research that connects the social and life sciences. A qualified applicant will have used his or her knowledge in the life sciences to answer questions in the fields of psychology, economics, political science, or sociology.

The award, now in its third year, is a joint venture between the NOMIS Foundation, an organization that encourages interdisciplinary research in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and the journal Science.

To apply, researchers must submit a 1,000-word essay explaining their research conducted within the past three years. Applicants must be 35 or younger and hold a M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. upon entry. Essays will be judged for clarity, scientific quality, creativity and use of cross-disciplinary methods.

The grand prize winner’s essay will be published in Science. The recipient will also receive $15,000, will have the opportunity to present a funding proposal to the NOMIS board and will receive a five-year online Science subscription.

The runners-up will also have their essays published in Science and will be awarded $5,000 and a five-year online Science subscription.

Previous award recipients include grand prize winners social anthropologist Bill Thompson (2022) and computational social scientist Dean Knox (2021) and runners-up Célia Lacaux (2022), Stephen Kissler (2022) and Geoffrey Supran (2021).

The 2023 winners will be announced in November, and the award ceremony will be hosted in 2024. All recipients will receive travel accommodations for the ceremony.

The deadline to submit an application is May 15. Visit to apply.

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Emma Richards

Emma Richards is a student at the University of Florida studying public relations. She is the social science communications intern at Sage Publishing.

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