Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award

The Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award recognizes a University of Arizona (UA) postdoctoral scholar who demonstrates excellence in research, communication, and leadership.


To be eligible for nomination, the individual must be a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate (or another approved job title; for approval, contact Jenny Hoit at hoit@arizona.edu) at the University of Arizona and no more than 7 years since earning a doctoral degree.

The nominator must be a faculty member (or more than one faculty member) at the UA.

Nomination Process

The nominator(s) must submit (a) the nominee’s CV that includes a one-paragraph personal statement, and (b) a letter that describes the postdoctoral scholar’s achievements during their time at the University of Arizona in:

  • Innovation or research contributions;
  • Research productivity including publications, presentations, performances, and/or funding;
  • Quality of written and oral communication about the research or scholarly work, including the ability to communicate effectively with broad audiences; and
  • Leadership including mentoring, project management, and/or service within the local, national, and international communities.

The letter may be no longer than two pages.

Only one nomination letter may be submitted for a given postdoctoral scholar.

More than one faculty member may sign the nomination letter.

This award will be recognized at an awards ceremony. The recipient will receive $1000 and a certificate.