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About early career scientists (ECS)

The EGU offers a platform for early career scientists to become involved in interdisciplinary research in the Earth, planetary and space sciences, through sessions, social events and short courses at the annual General Assembly in April. The ECS website brings together the opportunities the EGU offers for early career researchers – useful resources, job opportunities and information on how you can get involved in the Union.

What is an early career scientist?

An early career scientist (ECS) is an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or a scientist who has received their 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.


The EGU offers awards and medals to early career scientists each year during the annual EGU General Assembly. These include the Arne Richter Awards for Outstanding Early Career Scientists, which is Union wide, as well as field-specific Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Awards.

For information on how to nominate a candidate for one of the Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Awards, please see the proposal and selection of candidates page on the EGU website. If you nominate someone for an award, make sure you include everything on the checklist for submitting nominations.