Nominations closed January 15, 2018.

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AESS Early Career Award

The Award

  • Environmental artwork with the award name inscription
  • Lifetime honorable AESS membership
  • AESS Conference travel grant (awarded at the conference)
  • Induction into the AESS Circle of Fellows


The AESS Early Career Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and promising future potential for research, policy, or activism in any field of environmental science and studies.  Through this award, AESS honors individuals who are early in their careers, but have made contributions to knowledge, community and diversity in environmental studies and science, and have a career plan and trajectory that promise to continue and bolster such contributions.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominee must:

  • be “early career,” which is defined as an individual who has been in his/her current field for less than seven years and pre-tenure or job equivalent (typically within 7 years of receiving Ph.D.). Post-doctoral fellows and practitioners are eligible for this award.
  • be an active AESS member

Nominee might have:

  • made significant contributions to theories, methods, pedagogical approaches, public awareness, policy change, and/or environmental education.
  • demonstrated dedication to service through service in environmental associations, the community, mentoring arrangements, and/or political boards/councils/task forces;
  • addressed environmental challenges through trans-disciplinary approaches or collaborations, or by endeavoring to make his or her work accessible to scholars and practitioners from other disciplinary traditions;
  • inspired and actively guided/mentored a generation of environmental scholars, practitioners, and/or policymakers to enact change.

Nomination and Selection Process – Nominations due by January 15, 2018

The AESS membership receives an email inviting them to submit nomination(s) via the online form. Nominators for the Freudenberg and Early Career awards are asked to submit, by January 15, 2018 (this deadline will be moved forward to November in 2019 and onward):

  • 500 words that describe the nominee, with at least 150 words used to emphasize how they have contributed to the building of community and diversity within environmental science and studies.
  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae

The AESS Awards Committee screens the nominations and provides the AESS Board of Directors with its top five recommendations. The AESS Board then selects the recipient.

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