Early Career Award

The AEFP Early Career Award recognizes junior scholars with exemplary early career trajectories (typically between 4 and 7 years post-doctorate) whose research substantially contributes to the field of education finance and policy.

Selection criteria include quality of scholarship, policy relevance, and/or policy or practical impact.


The intent of the Early Career award is to recognize outstanding pre-tenure/unpromoted faculty and non-academic researchers at an equivalent stage in their careers. Individuals who received their doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016 are eligible to apply. Dates may be extended for those who have taken family, medical, or service leave or have other extenuating circumstances.


  • A $1000 award to recognize promise and contributions to the field
  • Presentation of a plaque at the AEFP Annual Conference

Submission Process and Nominations

We encourage early career scholars to apply directly by submitting the application materials listed below before the deadline. It is not necessary to be nominated by someone else.

AEFP members, senior scholars, and others may nominate colleagues for early career awards by clicking this link. Nominations require only the nominee’s name and institution. The awards committee will follow-up by email to encourage the nominee to submit the required application materials. To the extent possible, nominators will remain anonymous to the nominee.

Submission Requirements

Applications must include:

  • CV
  • A short statement prepared by the applicant addressing the selection criteria: quality of scholarship, policy relevance, and/or policy or practical impact (1-page maximum).

Application Information

  • All applications should be submitted to the AEFP Awards Committee Chair Cassie Hart at awards@aefpweb.org with “AEFP Early Career Award” in the subject heading.
  • Deadline: December 21, 2020