Early-Stage Researcher of the Year

This award recognises early career excellence and the potential for future outstanding performance. Nominees considered early-stage researchers are those with no more than ten-year research experience since their PhD. Evidence of eligible interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, parental leave) can be used to extend the eligibility window. For those who have not been awarded a doctoral degree, four years of full-time equivalent research experience may be considered as relevant. Nominations, based on achievements and key research indicators from the calendar year 2022, can be made by any UCC staff member.

How to Apply

To submit a nomination for this award:

  • Download and complete the nomination form.
  • Prepare the supporting documentation.
  • Email all documents to researchawards@ucc.ie with the award category and the name of the nominee in the subject line.

Nomination Form

Supporting Documentation

Submit as a PDF: CV (max 2 pages) – Nominee’s CV with links to IRIS for full publication and professional information. The document should include:

  • Name and contact details.
  • Career profile (education and employment) & research profile.
  • Mentoring and supervision profile (including numbers of current and completed MSc/PhD students directly under the nominee’s supervision).
  • Key achievements in the calendar year 2022 (including measures of peer esteem, accomplishments, awards, etc.) with a particular focus achievement relevant to applicable award category.

Deadline For Submission

  • Friday 28 April 2023, 5pm.

Evaluation Criteria


Relevant Achievements

  • Attainment and consistency of high-level achievements for a period appropriate to career stage and award category (for the calendar year 2022).



Research Excellence

  • Innovative thinking.
  • National and International recognition of excellence (peer esteem indicators).
  • Evidence of collaborative engagement with external stakeholders and the community.
  • Published outputs.




  • Encouragement and promotion of young researchers, including postgraduates.
  • Cultural, economic and societal impact of research.
  • Research communication.
  • Interdisciplinary impact.

Previous Winners

Year Awardee College/School/Department/Centre

Dr Jean O'Dwyer
Dr Piotr Kowalski

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
School of Pharmacy and APC Microbiome Ireland


Dr Carlos Garrido Castellano
Dr Maria Rodriguez Aburto

School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience

Research Awards

Gradaim Taighde

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