The AEFP Early Career Award recognizes junior scholars with exemplary early career trajectories (typically between 4 and 7 years post-doctorate) whose research substantially contributes to the field of education finance and policy.


The intent of the Early Career award is to recognize outstanding pre-tenure/unpromoted faculty or non-academic researchers at an equivalent stage in their careers. Individuals who received their doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018 are eligible to apply. Dates may be extended for those who have taken family, medical, or service leave or have other extenuating circumstances.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria include quality and policy relevance of scholarship, including the impact of the scholarship on actual policy. In addition, the award committee will look favorably on nominees with a history of engagement in AEFP. 


  • A $1000 award to recognize promise and contributions to the field
  • Presentation of a plaque at the AEFP Annual Conference

Award recipients will be expected to attend the 2022 AEFP Conference to receive the award and to present their research in an Award Winners session.

Submission Process and Nominations

We encourage early career scholars to apply directly by submitting the application materials listed below before the deadline. It is not necessary to be nominated by someone else. AEFP members, senior scholars, and others may nominate colleagues for the award by clicking this link. Nominations require only the nominee’s name and institution. The awards committee will follow-up by email to encourage the nominee to submit the required application materials. To the extent possible, nominators will remain anonymous to the nominee.

Submission Requirements

Applications must include:

  • CV
  • A short statement prepared by the applicant addressing the selection criteria (1-page maximum).

Application Information

  • Application deadline: December 31, 2021