Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award

  • Timeframe: Nominations are being accepted as of September 1, 2017 through November 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm (MST).
  • Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 4:00pm MST

The Origins Project at Arizona State University is pleased to open nominations for the Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award sponsored by the Epstein VI Foundation. This award, the largest of its kind in the world, is awarded annually to an outstanding junior scholar chosen from all countries, from any field of study relevant to The Origins Project, and will consist of a $10,000 USD award, coach travel to/from Tempe, Arizona, and accommodations during week-long visit. In addition to participating in the awards ceremony, the winner will give 3 talks on his or her research, as well as participate in other Origins Project events during the visit.

Faculty nomination letters will be accepted starting September 1, 2017. It is expected that a winner will be announced in January 2018, and a lectures and award ceremony will take place during the 2018 spring term at ASU. The award is open to junior scholars who were awarded the PhD no earlier than July 1, 2014 and do not hold a tenured, tenure-track, or equivalent position. Each eligible department head may put forward only one nominee for the award. The relevant hosting department at ASU will provide office space for the winning candidate during his or her stay in Tempe.

Criteria for selection include evidence of outstanding research credentials and the potential for creative leadership in the candidate’s chosen field, as well as the ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts to a broad audience in English. The selection committee will include faculty from a wide array of disciplines, as well as members of the Origins Project External Advisory committee.  

An overview of the award is available in PDF.


Application Procedures

Faculty nomination letters must be uploaded online to our confidential Dropbox account. Nominators can be any faculty members familiar with the candidate and his or her research. However, as only one nominee per department will be considered, the Origins Project must receive the Chair Nomination Form confirming that the candidate will represent their department in the award competition. The postdoctoral scholar is responsible for verifying that they have both been received by the deadline. Please see Instructions for Nominators for more information.

Short-listed nominees will be contacted in mid-November to submit the following materials

  • One cover letter addressing the connection between their research and the interests of the Origins Project
  • One proposal no more than 1,200 words that outlines the planned colloquium and public lecture
  • A current curriculum vitae

Two additional supporting letters of recommendation which address the candidate’s qualifications, accomplishments, and research potential.

Short-listed candidates must submit all application materials and letters of support uploaded by December 22, 2017. Candidates: please do not submit materials until requested by the Origins Project.

For Faculty and Chair Nominators

For Nominees

Eligibility Summary

We encourage nominations for junior scholars working in all fields relevant to the Origins Project. While all fields of science, humanities and social sciences will be considered, particular emphasis will be placed on the following areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Astrophysics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Complex Systems
  • Cosmology
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Geology & Planetary Science
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Paleontology
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Sustainability

Annual Value

$10,000 USD