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Early Investigator Award

Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2024


The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) Early Investigator Award honours sociologists who have made significant research contributions in the early stages of their career. The award recognises research demonstrating high quality, theoretical rigour or methodological innovation, and future potential. Furthermore, the research should make a significant contribution to the applicant’s field.


Applicants must be CSA members in good standing at the time of application. We accept nominations in English and French.

The applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:

1. Have obtained a PhD within the six (6) years prior to the application deadline; or

2. Have held a postsecondary appointment (includes post-doctoral appointment) for no more than the equivalent of six (6) years, taking into account significant career interruptions for health or family reasons.

Submitting Nominations

Download the nomination instructions and submit the requested information (Nominator, Nominee, Research Overview) along with the following documents;

  • Nominee CV
    • Ensure that any products (publications, awards, grants, etc) arising from the nominee’s research is included
  • Letter of support
    • The individual submitting a letter of support must be familiar with the nominee’s academic contributions and accomplishments
    • In consideration of the CSA’s EDID initiatives, we ask nominators to limit their letter of support to 1 page maximum. This will allow adjudication committee to compare the nomination in equitable manner.
    • The letter cannot be from the nominee’s MA or PhD supervisor
    • It is the responsibility of the nominator to request a letter of support and ensure that it is submitted by the deadline

Applications may be submitted by a colleague or by self-nomination and must be emailed to the CSA office (office@csa-scs.ca) by March 15, 2024.

Equity Statement

The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) is committed to the values and principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization. We recognize and honour the intersectionality of equity-based identities. The CSA therefore invites and encourages the nomination (including self-nomination) of members from marginalized groups, including Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as women, and/or LGBTQ2+.


Year Recipient Affiliation
2023 Tony Silva University of British Columbia
2023 Cary Wu York University
2022 Yue Qian University of British Columbia
2021 Tahseen Shams University of Toronto
2020 Paul Joosse University of Hong Kong
2019 Jasmin Hristov University of British Columbia
2018 Barry Eidlin McGill University
2017 Carolina Cambre Concordia University
2016 Wendy Roth University of British Columbia
2015 Md Saidul Islam Nanyang Technological University
2014 Mark Stoddart Memorial University of Newfoundland
2013 Catherine Corrigall-Brown University of Western Ontario