AAAS Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists in USA in 2021 (Win up to $40,000)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS is currently inviting applications for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists in the USA.

The Prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for outstanding life science research for which s/he was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years. As a result, the topic of the entrant’s thesis research must be in one of the following categories:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology;
  • Genomics;
  • Proteomics and Systems Biology approaches;
  • Ecology and​ Environment;
  • Molecular Medicine.

Note that eligible entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2018 or 2019, and the subject of their thesis should match one of the Subject Tracks.

Worth of Award

  • The prize money for the grand prize winner is US$30,000.
  • In a similar vein, each of the category winners will receive US$10,000.
  • Furthermore, the grand prize-winning essay will be published in Science and essays of each of the category winners will be published online.


To this effect, the research described in the entrant’s thesis must fall within these Subject Tracks:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology: research in this category include cellular and molecular processes. This happens at levels ranging from single molecule to single cell to tissue and organ systems.
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology approaches: here the focus is on genomics, proteomics, integrative omics and systems biology approaches. This includes computational, to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of living cells, organisms and species.
  • Ecology and Environment: this category encompasses interactions between organisms and their environment. It also encompasses how these processes are influenced by human activity.
  • Molecular Medicine: the aim here is at building on the molecular understanding of disease in humans. This will help to develop preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, including individualized medicine.
  • It would interest entrants to know that the prize will only recognize work that was performed while the entrant was a graduate student.
  • It will be awarded without regard to sex, race, or nationality.
  • Employees of Science/AAAS, collaborators in the management or sponsorship of this Prize and their relatives, as well as the following, are not eligible to enter:
    • Scientists who were PhD students in the groups of any past or present member of the SciLifeLab management group. This includes (SciLifeLab Director, Co-Director, Infrastructure Director and Scientific Directors), the Integration Directors, or any member of the SciLifeLab Board.
    • As a rule, only submissions made once will be accepted within this time period.
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How to Apply

By way of application for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize, the entrant must submit the following items:

  • A completed Entry Form.
  • An essay, written by the entrant, describing the thesis work and its implications for research in the selected Subject Track. However, the essay must not exceed 1,000 words in length and may include one figure or table.
  • A one-page reference letter from your advisor or a member of your thesis committee. The letter should include an assessment of the applicant and comment on the significance of the applicant’s research.
  • The abstract of the thesis (should not exceed four double-spaced typed pages).
  • Be sure to also submit the following:
    • Full citations of all published or in press papers on the research described in the essay;
    • Academic and professional awards and honours that the entrant has received; and
    • Relevant professional experience.
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It is equally very important to note that the Entry Form and additional submission materials must be submitted electronically through the prize management system.

Deadline: The application deadline is July 15, 2021.


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