This year marks the ninth edition of the SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award, a prize that recognizes the career of a young Spanish researcher working in the United Kingdom.

This initiative, led by the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) with the support of Fundación Banco Santander, aims to support research talent and promote the commitment of institutions and companies to Spanish science both within and outside our borders.

Applications are open until 21st April.

London, April 16th 2024.
The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) and Fundación Banco Santander present the ninth edition of the SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award. This award aims to promote the talent of early-career Spanish researchers beyond our borders while contributing to the career development of the awardee. The application period is open until April 21, 2024. In addition to a monetary award of £14,000, the awardee will receive the traditional commemorative sculpture made by Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias.

This initiative recognises and supports the careers of young Spanish researchers based in the United Kingdom. The SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award is pioneering in recognizing the valuable work of Spanish researchers abroad. Previous editions have awarded researchers such as Prof Eva Hevia (University of Strathclyde – University of Bern), Prof Xavier Moya (University of Cambridge), Prof David Fairén (University of Cambridge), Prof Marc Vendrell (University of Edinburgh), Prof Susana García López (Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, Heriot-Watt University), Dr Rodrigo Ledesma Amaro (Imperial College London), Dr
Nuria Tapia Ruiz (Imperial College London), and Dr Roser Vento Tormo (Wellcome Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge). Mr Borja Baselga, director of the Santander Bank Foundation, remarked “At Fundación Banco Santander, we are pleased to collaborate on this project that will help strengthen scientific collaborations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, promoting the development of policies that support research, development and innovation, and giving visibility to the research of European scientists in the United Kingdom, both in the scientific community and in the general population”.

Ms Irene Echeverria Altuna, President of SRUK/CERU, points out that “this award highlights the importance of international and interinstitutional collaborations in science and innovation. We are very proud to be able to recognise and support the outstanding career of Spanish researchers in the United Kingdom and thereby bring their research closer to the citizens of both countries”.

Among the main requirements for candidates to the award are holding Spanish citizenship, being a member of SRUK/CERU, being under 40 years old, having obtained a doctoral degree in the last 10 years, and having developed their research career for at least the last three years in the United Kingdom. The award´s guidelines aim to reward the most talented researchers, but also recognise the importance of not penalizing candidates for professional interruptions, such as maternity leave, illness, or caregiving.

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of renowned researchers appointed for this purpose. Once the evaluations are received, the awarding of the 2024 SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award will be ratified by an honorary jury formed by the SRUK/ CERU President, representatives of the Fundación Banco Santander, and members of other collaborating entities.


The call for applications and more information about the SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award can be found here.

T: @ComunidadCERU

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