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Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award

Deadline for Applications for 2018 awards:  20 November, 2017

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The Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding and promising work by a researcher early in his or her career in any field of ornithology. It consists of a certificate, $1000 honorarium, and a travel stipend up to $1000 and gratis registration to attend the annual meeting. Awardees are also invited to give a plenary at the annual meeting.
The Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award is funded through a gift to the AOS endowment honoring Ned K. Johnson, a lifelong supporter and former AOU President (1996-1998).

Candidates may apply for the award, or may be nominated by another member(s) of the AOS, or the Early Professional Awards Committee may also nominate early professionals to the slate of candidates. Annual awardees are selected by the Early Professional Awards Committee. The AOS Awards committees strive to develop a balanced annual slate of nominees that represent the Society and includes the diversity of its members.

The successful candidate/nominee will excel in research and show distinct promise for leadership in ornithology within and beyond North America. In addition, they must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • ● Be a member of AOS
  • ● Have received their doctorate degree within 4-7 years of their nomination - an extra year of eligibility may be granted for parental leave
  • ● Have not received the award previously

To nominate a candidate, or to apply for this award, submit materials via the OSNA Member Portal

Login to your account on the Member Portal, and view the Ned K. Johnson Young Investigators Award competition by clicking the "View Open Competitions" link in the lower right and then selecting the appropriate award.  

Information required to apply or nominate a candidate include:

  1. The name, institution, and contact information of the candidate/nominee
  2. A written summary why the candidate/nominee should be considered for an award, including statements on his/her scientific accomplishments, the relevance of his/her research to scientific ornithology, and his/her promise as a leader in ornithology (should not exceed 1000 words)
  3. Upload A CV of the candidate/nominee

For questions regarding the Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award, please contact the Committee chair, Katie Dugger, via Please designate the subject line as the following: "Early Professional Awards - Inquiry Regarding  ____."



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