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Union definition of an early career scientist

An early career scientist (ECS) is an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or a scientist who has received his or her highest degree (BSc, MSc, or PhD) within the past seven years*.

* Provided parental leave fell into that period, up to one year of parental leave time may be added per child, where appropriate.

For the purpose of the awards the nominee should satisfy one of the above criteria by 1 January of the year when the award is presented.