Division of Occupational Psychology

DOP Excellence in Occupational Psychology Research Award (Early Career)


The Excellence in Occupational Psychology Research (Early Career) Award is a new award which celebrates the work of those who have qualified more recently.We would like to welcome nominations for exceptional research which has had an impact in various ways, for example  further research, practice and policy.

Types of nominations

Nominations can be made either by or on behalf of an academic psychologist who conduct Occupational Psychology research.

Entry criteria

Nominee must

  1. Be a member of Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)
  2. May be an individual or a lead of a small collborative team
  3. Have a primary role in an academic institution
  4. Be within five active years of achieving their masters or doctoral research

    Please note
    a. The term "active" is intended to exclude any period of career break and is full-time equivalent.
    b. Awards will not be made to whole organisations.


Can be anyone

Assessment criteria

We will be assessing the extent to which nominees have demonstrated excellence in Occupational Psychology Research against the following areas.As an early career award, it will be evaluated in this context, and it is expected that this work will normally have been completed under supervision or following a period of recent supervision.

  1. Science
    To what extent has this person produced robust, quality research? (For example gaining quality samples, replicable results, addressing real world problems etc)
  2. Competence
    To what extent has this person's work demonstrated excellence in research methodology
    (For example using innovative techinques)
  3. Influence
    To what extent has this person's research devleloped knowledge, practice and/or policy
  4. Visibility
    To what extent has this person disseminated their work to those within the field and outside of this (for example publishing record, conference or public presentations, media appearance)

Each will be rated on a scale from 1-7 and a minimum of 16 points must be achieved in order to receive the award.

If no submissions of sufficient merit are received, no award will be made.

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information

Nominee information:

(Q2*) Please select one, is the nomination for

  • a) an individual
  • b) a small collborative team 

(Q3*) Nominee/Lead name

(Q4*) Nominee BPS number

(Q5*) Nominee institution

(Q6*) Please provide details on the primary role of the nominee/lead in an academic institution or details if the nominee\lead has retired from such role (max 300 words)

(Q7*) Please provide the following details in relation to the Masters or doctoral research

  • a) Title
  • b) Date received
  • c) From what institution

(Q8*) Please tell us the names of all team members involved with this work

Nominator information (if applicable):

(Q9*) Nominator name

(Q10*) Nominator institution

You will also be asked to provide information in relation to the following questions:

(Q11*) Please provide an overview of the research undertaken (including scope, topics etc) (max 300 words)

(Q12*) Please provide details to demonstrate excellence in the research (including ethical implications and how competence was ensured in the research) (max 300 words)

(Q13*) Please provide details of the impact of the research and how this has been establlshed (max 300 words)

(Q14*) Please provide details of how the research was disseminated both within OP and beyond (max 300 words)

How to apply

Nominations are to be made online via the following link:

Judging process

Awards will be judged by a panel of Occupational Psychologist, academics and representatives from our partners.
Full information about our judges can be found online via the following link:

Nominations will close on Tuesday the 30th of October 2018 and the winner will be notified by Friday 16 November 2018.

The Awards

The presentation ceremony will be held on the evening 10 January 2019 at the Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference Gala Dinner in Chester.

The winner will

  1. Receive a certificate
  2. Receive an award
  3. Be allocated a presentation slot during the DOP Annual Conference
  4. Expenses (travel costs (maximum £150) and the one day conference admission) will be covered