ESEB under-represented ECR achievement award

Two annual awards of 2000 € will highlight the achievements of under-represented early-career researchers (ECRs) who have faced difficult circumstances while conducting their work. The difficult circumstances are primarily, but not solely, disabilities, single parenting, and caring responsibilities that have created unequal opportunities.

The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation is supporting this initiative.

Call for Applications

Next deadline : Monday, 31 January, 2022


The award is open to PhD students, postdoctoral scientists or non-tenure-track research fellows who do not hold a permanent academic position and have achieved their research while facing difficult circumstances.

  • Applications may be submitted by the person benefiting from the grant, or by a colleague/supervisor when a letter is included from the nominee approving their nomination.
  • The person submitting the application must be an ESEB member (to become a member of ESEB, please visit our membership page)
  • Applicants who have previously received this award are not eligible.
  • The award stipend (2000 €) will be spent at the discretion of the nominee. Nominees will be required to write a short summary of their achievement to be highlighted on the ESEB Equal Opportunities website and ESEB newsletter.

Application procedure

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to Ute Moniatte at the ESEB office, It should include

  • A cover letter with the nominee’s name, current status and institution, PhD start date, duration and reason for any career breaks, nominee’s or nominator’s ESEB membership number, and a signed statement on what the nominee has achieved and why you considered the nominee achieved it under difficult circumstances. The difficult circumstances are primarily, but not solely, disabilities, single parenting, and caring responsibilities. The letter should not exceed 2 pages.
  • A short CV of the nominee (1-2 pages)
  • Proof of the nominee’s achievement: this can be for instance a PhD diploma, a publication, or an outreach initiative.
  • A letter of support from the nominee’s host institution or a colleague.

Applications will be evaluated by the Equal Opportunity Committee.