Early Career Award

About the Award
The Society for the Science of Motivation (SSM) annually confers an Early Career Award to a
scientist who has made an outstanding empirical and/or theoretical contribution to motivation
science. The winner will be recognized at the society’s annual meeting, on the society’s website, as well
as in the society’s empirical journals Motivation and Emotion and Motivation Science.
For the second year, the winner will be awarded a travel incentive and conference fee
waiver for the 2024 conference in San Francisco (May 23rd) to encourage the winner to attend
the conference. Attendance at the conference is no longer a requirement to receive the award.

Eligibility Criteria
Every nomination must fulfill the following requirements:
• Nominations must be made by one individual (group nominations will not be considered). Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by another person.
• The period of eligibility is 12 years following the completion of doctoral training. Therefore, a nominee must have received his or her doctorate on or after April 1, 2012. Extensions will be considered for nominees who have taken time away from research for reasons such as medical, disability, or family care.
Submission Requirement
Each nomination must include:
a) A bullet-pointed list of accomplishments by the nominee. Each bullet point should be
no more than two sentences in length, with a maximum of five bullet points;
b) The nominee’s current CV;
c) A list of up to four of the nominee’s most significant publications;
d) Up to two letters of recommendation (non-mandatory), at least one of which is from a
current SSM member (letters should not exceed two pages).
How to Submit
Please send nominations to the Chair of the SSM EC Award Committee (Philip Gable, pagable@gmail.com), via an email containing all information above in one single PDF document. The letter(s) of recommendation may be submitted separately.
Nominations for the 2024 Early Career Award were accepted until April 4, 2024.

Welcome to the SSM 

The Society for the Science of Motivation is an international, interdisciplinary organization of researchers who study motivation. Its mission is to encourage inquiry into all aspects of motivation from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, and to facilitate the dissemination of findings to a broad scientific audience. 

The SSM provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information, foster discussion of new ideas and findings on motivation among researchers, and encourages exchange and collaboration in research. It will do this through a list serve, online information exchange, annual conferences, and a journal dedicated exclusively to motivation research.