DRA 2021
Celebrating 10 years of Doctoral Researcher Awards
DRA is a UK wide academic competition which is awarded annually to junior researchers who are pursuing (or have recently completed) doctoral degrees in the UK. It has been organised annually since 2012.

DRA is organising a festive dinner in central London for the DRA Alumni Community!

All the previous awardees of the DRA are invited and welcome to invite their own guests! This is a fantastic opportunity to build connections and friendships with your fellow awardees and celebrate the season with us.
DRA is a UK wide academic competition which is awarded annually to junior researchers who are pursuing (or have recently completed) doctoral degrees in the UK. It has been organised annually since 2012. DRA's purpose is to promote and reward academic and scientific excellence among young researchers who will be the world class academics of the future. Indeed, despite being founded less than a decade ago, one is already witnessing the emergence of the leading scientists from the past winners of DRA who have reached the highest ranking positions in the academia. Over the years, thanks to our supporters, DRA has evolved considerably both in scale and quality. This year we are proud to open the call for the 10th DRA, yet another wonderful journey awaits ahead which will be concluded at the grand ceremony. We are indebted to the intellectual support of our reviewers and financial support of our sponsor (Springer Nature and Applied Sciences) and local donators.
On the cover is Uta Frith at a former DRA event, developmental psychologist who has pioneered much of the current research into autism and dyslexia.
What is DRA?
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Organisers, Sponsors and Supporters

DRA is made possible by the collaborations of multiple scientific bodies and many dedicated professionals. The main organiser of the DRA is the Association of British Turkish Academics (ABTA). We are deeply grateful to our sponsor Springer Nature and Applied Sciences journal that has generously supported the DRA. We thankfully acknowledge the contributions of the Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK (PARSUK) in the process.
The applicants are rewarded in three main categories.
Natural & Life Sciences

This category includes (but not restricted to)

  • Fundamental Sciences (e.g. mathematics, physics, chemistry etc.)
  • Life Sciences (e.g. all biology related sciences including medicine)
  • Applied Sciences (e.g. geology, atmospheric science etc.)
    Engineering Sciences

    This category covers all main areas of engineering including

    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Materials Science
    • Computer Science
      Management & Social Sciences
      This category covers all areas of research (quantitative or qualitative) in humanities & social sciences. The category also includes disciplines related to economics and business. Examples are

      • Psychology
      • International relations
      • Operations Research
      • Finance
        The Awards!
        2nd Place
        • Prize money!
        • Every second place for the three different categories!
        3rd Place
        • Prize money!
        • Every third place for the three different categories!
        Other prizes
        4th and 5th places: Amazon vouchers and Springer book vouchers.

        Honourable Mentions: Amazon vouchers and Springer book vouchers.

        Recognition Awards: Springer book vouchers.
        Timeline of the DRA Process
        Application deadline
        Apply online by 8 June 2021.
        Evaluation of applications by the scientific committees
        All applications are evaluated by early August 2021.
        Annoucement of succesfull candidates
        Candidates are invited to the awards ceremony by early August 2021.
        Award Ceremony
        Oral and poster presentations by the candidates. Keynote speech(es) by the guest speaker(s) - September 2021.
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        Why should I apply to Doctoral Researcher Awards?
        Participating and competing in DRA will bring you many benefits such as the opportunity to publish your paper on Springer Nature journal, networking with fellow academics, monetary and other prizes alongside with joining a great awards ceremony.
        I've already completed my PhD. Can I apply?
        You can apply if it has not been more than one year after your PhD graduation date.
        Can I submit an unpublished paper as part of my portfolio?
        Yes you can, but published papers would strengthen your portfolio more than unpublished ones.
        I have more than one published papers. Can I submit all of them in my portfolio?
        Please submit your best paper only. List other papers in your CV.
        Can I re-apply if I made an application in the previous years?
        Yes you can if you were not awarded in the previous competitions including honourable mention.
        Can I apply if I am a first-year PhD student?
        Yes, the competition is open to PhD students at all levels.
        My PhD work is interdisciplinary, which category should I apply for?
        You should submit your application to the category which is most relevant to your work.