Early Career Award

The AEFP Early Career Award recognizes junior scholars (between 1 and 6 years post doctorate) with exemplary early career trajectories whose research substantially contributes to the field of education finance and policy.

Selection criteria include:

  • Quality of scholarship
  • Policy relevance and impact of scholarship
  • Public engagement by scholar


Individuals who received their PhD from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution between June 1, 2011 and August 31, 2016.


  • A $1000 award to recognize promise and contributions to the field
  • Presentation of a plaque at the AEFP Annual Conference
  • Award recipients will be expected to attend the 2018 AEFP Conference to be presented with their award.

Submission Requirements

Applications must include:

  • An updated CV
  • A nomination statement containing three short paragraphs addressing the three selection criteria (one paragraph per criterion): quality of scholarship, policy relevance and impact, and public engagement. Self-nominations are accepted.

Application Information

  • All applications should be submitted to the AEFP Awards Committee Chair Matthew Chingos at mchingos@urban.org with “AEFP Early Career Award” in the subject heading.
  • Deadline: December 31, 2017.