Early Career Scientist Award

For each scientist, perhaps the most rewarding moment is when experiencing our most excellent students to become a successful young researcher, who one day may even outshine our own skills and achievements. Following the ongoing traditions of the precious CSF conferences, in addition to regular scientific presentations, the Organizing Committee of the 8th Canine Science Forum is also extending a special invitation to early career scientists to submit a presentation proposal on a research topic relevant to the conference aims and scopes. One outstanding candidate will be selected to hold a plenary lecture at the CSF 2023. The successful candidate will receive full coverage of travel and accommodation expenses and free registration to the conference and social events.


Admission criteria

Candidates for the Early Career Scientist Award can be of any nationality but must be within 7 years of completion of their PhD (or equivalent higher degree) and have a scientific track record showing great promise. The candidate must not hold a permanent academic or equivalent position and must be the (or one of the) principal investigator(s) of the research project related to their proposal. Applicants who spent time on maternal/paternal leave because of tending a newborn baby, or who served military service, may apply for a year extension regarding the 7 years limit of their completion of PhD title. The selected candidate will be asked to present a review of the project topic including any relevant results of her/his work. The topic of the proposed presentation must be relevant to one of the following major themes about dogs and other Canids: cognition, behavioural biology, evolution of canines, genetics and endo/phenotyping, dogs and humans, applied aspects of canine biology.

How to apply

Candidates must download and fill this form (docx format) then submit it to Dr. Péter Pongrácz (peter[dot]pongracz[at]ttk[dot]elte[dot]hu) along with a brief curriculum vitae, including the five most relevant publications of the Candidate no later than April 15th, 2023.


The international Scientific Committee of the CSF 2023 will judge proposals on:

  • relevance of the research to the aims and scopes of the conference
  • originality of the research
  • clarity of thought and expression of the research question being addressed
  • research quality
  • previous scientific output of the Candidate

The selected candidate will be notified and publicly announced on the conference website by April 23rd 2023.