Students and early career IPVS members – this is for you!

The application process for the IPVS Early Career Recognition Award 2024 is open. This initiative is part of the IPVS’ mission of fostering career development and excellence in papillomavirus-related research.

Key dates for the awards 
– Deadline for expression of interest: April 19th, 2024
– Deadline for application submission: April 28th, 2024

IPVS Early Career Recognition Award

The IPVS Early Career Recognition Award aims to recognize promising early career researchers in basic science, clinical science, and public health. This award will be a platform for early career researchers to further evolve their professional career. This is NOT a monetary award and is not planned to finance any training or research. This year, it will be awarded to up to two selected candidates that have distinguished themselves by the excellence of their papillomavirus research. The two categories are as follows:

  1. One award will be granted to a Fellow or Postdoctoral researcher who does not yet hold an independent academic appointment.
  2. One award will be granted to an early career researcher who holds an independent academic appointment at a research institute or institute of higher learning.

IPVS is committed to increasing diverse representation in our membership; we support and encourage members from low- and middle-income countries and historically underrepresented groups in science to apply for our awards.


Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria for application:

  1. Be a current IPVS member at the time of the application.
  2. Early career researchers: IPVS definition will apply – Researcher who has completed their final highest academic degree (PhD or MD) within the last 10 years. Allowances will be made for parental or health leaves for eligibility purposes.
  3. The area of research should be related to papillomavirus.
  4. Each candidate can only receive the award once.
  5. Have published at least three publications on papillomavirus in peer-reviewed journals.


  • April 28th 2024 for the full application.
  • An expression of interest form must be submitted by April 19th 2024.


Applicants will have to submit the following application materials:

  • An application form
  • An academic CV
  • A list of the top 3 publications in HPV research as first, second, last, or corresponding author by the candidate. The list should include an explanation of the contributions the candidate made to the study, a description of the scientific contributions and impact of the publication, and the number of citations of each publication.
  • A cover letter (max 2 pages) written by the applicant explaining why they should be selected, describing their research and how they are moving towards scientific independence.
  • A letter of support (max 2 pages) from an active IPVS member
  • Proof of graduation date (diploma, certificate, etc.)
  • An institutional letter confirming either registration as a postdoctoral researcher/fellow or employment as an independent academic researcher

Applicants must also fill out an expression of interest form using the button below by April 19th 2024. This form will help the committee know how many people are interested in applying and identify appropriate judges.




You can download a copy of the full application form from one of the two buttons below (different download option). The final application with all required documents must be sent to the IPVS office ( before the final deadline of April 28th 2024.







Only applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed by the IPVS Early Career Working Group. Applications that do not meet eligibility criteria will be discarded. The evaluation criteria for the award are:

  • Scientific significance and impact of publications as detailed in list of top 3 publications
  • i-10-index, h-index and number of citations of the applicant
  • Number of publications in peer-review journals as detailed in academic CV
  • Number of oral and poster presentations in national and international conferences as detailed in academic CV
  • Scientific independence and achievements as detailed in cover letter & letters of support
  • Consideration will also be given to gender balance and regional balance of awardees

Applicants will be notified of the outcome in the 2 months following the application deadline. No awards may be given if there are no applications, if applications are ineligible, or if applications are of insufficient quality.



The IPVS Early Career Recognition Awards will be awarded during the International Papillomavirus Conference, November 12-15 in Edinburgh, Scotland. A free conference registration will be given to awardees to attend the conference. The awardees will be expected to attend the closing ceremony to receive their award, and to present their research during a special Early Career Oral Abstracts session.

The winners will be invited to be members of the Early Career Researcher Program Committee for the following IPVC. They will also be invited to present his/her research during a webinar in the months following the award. The winner’s profile summary will be shared on the IPVS website and IPVS social media accounts.