Next Generation

The AMQUA Next Generation Award recognizes North American early-career Quaternary scientists who demonstrate committed and creative leadership in advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in science. AMQUA honors recipients for their contributions to improving the culture of our field and fostering equitable access to and participation in science.

Awardees will be emerging leaders who have made an impact at their home institutions or beyond, through contributions that may include but are not limited to: advocacy work within home institutions or scientific societies, enhancing community-building, support or safety for underrepresented scientists, published scholarship or writing on diversity in science, scientific opportunities provided to underrepresented youth, or meaningful engagement with Indigenous/local communities at research study sites.

Applications: Eligible applicants are current graduate students, or have received their PhDs or equivalent terminal degree within ten years of the award date. (Duration from degree may be extended by the number of years taken for parental, caregiving or personal/medical leave.) Membership in AMQUA is not required but applications should be based at a North American institution or conducting research focused on North America. Applications should include: up-to-date CV (no page limit); a statement (not to exceed two pages) describing your leadership in advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and/or access in science – including your goals, activities and any key outcomes thus far (for example, numbers of participants or changes made to department policies); and name, title/affiliation, email address and phone number of two referees who can speak to your leadership. Referees may be mentors, collaborators, community partners, etc. All applications are retained for at least three years and applicants may be renominated as long as eligibility criteria are met. Recipients are announced prior to and recognized at AMQUA meetings and receive a monetary prize.