Call for Nominations: FABBS Doctoral Dissertation Research Excellence Awards 2022-23

Purpose: The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) brings together organizations committed to advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. The purpose of the FABBS Doctoral Dissertation Research Excellence Awards is honor graduate student scientists who have conducted doctoral dissertation research of superior scientific quality and broader societal impact.

Up to five Doctoral Dissertation Research Excellence Awards will be awarded in each academic year. FABBS will award winners an honorary certificate and recognize the award in the FABBS newsletter. All FABBS member societies and affiliates will be informed of the award winners.

Nomination Eligibility: Doctoral students in behavioral and brain science who are either members of a current FABBS department or APA division affiliate or whose home academic department is a current FABBS affiliate are eligible. Each FABBS affiliate is encouraged to identify and nominate one doctoral dissertation student who is conducting independent thesis research of superior scientific quality and broader impact.  

The award is open to those currently enrolled and those who have graduated in the year prior to the award submission deadline.

How to Apply: The nomination deadline for the 2022-23 FABBS Doctoral Dissertation Excellence Awards is March 10, 2023. Please submit the following information to with subject line “FABBS Call for Nominations – Doctoral Dissertation Research Awards”:

  1. Project title and 200-word abstract.
  2. A nomination letter from the department chair or from the chair of the department’s awards committee, which should include a statement verifying institutional review board approval, if applicable.
  3. Project Summary, which should include an Introduction/Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, and an Impact Statement. The latter should describe the potential societal impact(s) of the research. Along with scientific quality, societal impact will be considered in the evaluation of all nominees. The Impact Statement should be brief (3-4 sentences) and should convey the (potential) relevance of the research for policy decisions (e.g., implications of the research for social and policy issues, and/or efforts to communicate the science to non-academic constituencies).  Each of these sections is limited to no more than 500 words.

Either PDF or Word files are acceptable, though Word is preferred for the Project Summary. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee composed of FABBS leadership. Please include an email address for the nominee and other departmental contacts. Nominees and nominating departments will be notified of award decisions by May 5, 2023.

Download the PDF flyer here.

Deadline: March 10, 2023