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FYI: RaAM Early Career Research Paper Prize


Author: Andreas Musolff

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: RaAM the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (http://www.raam.org.uk)
RaAM Early Career Research Paper Prize

The RaAM Early Career Research Prize aims to encourage the production and dissemination of high quality research in the field of metaphor.

The prize is awarded biennially for the best research paper published by a researcher who has recently completed a PhD. The prize for 2014 will be £ 200 + 1 year’s free membership of RaAM

The deadline for submitting a paper is 31 March 2014.
See also: http://www.raam.org.uk/about-raam/early-career-prize/

Criteria for the Award:
The RaAM Early Career Research prize will be awarded for the paper that best demonstrates the following qualities, reflecting the stated aims of the RaAM organisation:
- originality
- rigour in research methodology
- contribution to metaphor studies
- relevance and significance to a real world context

Eligibility:
- Applicants must have been awarded a PhD degree in the 4-year period immediately preceding the RaAM Prize presentation date (or, exceptionally, be enrolled/registered as a PhD student). The date of the PhD award is taken as the date the degree was conferred by the university. For 2014, this is the period 1 May 2010 – May 2014.
- The applicant must be the sole author, or first author having made the major contribution to the paper. If not the sole author, the applicant must include signed statements from the other author(s) as to the level of the applicant’s contribution.
- An applicant may submit only one paper in one prize year.
- The paper submitted must be published in a journal or edited collection, and must have been peer-reviewed. It may be published in print or electronically.
- It must be in print (or otherwise out in a definitive, archived form in the public domain) at the time of application.
- The paper must be centrally concerned with metaphor in real world contexts.
- The paper may be in any language (see below).

Procedure for Submitting a Paper:
- In each RaAM Conference year, there will be a deadline for applications that will normally be at least two months before the Conference. For 2014, this will be 31 March 2014.
- Applicants must submit their papers (including an abstract) to the RaAM Prize Panel by the deadline and to the address provided, either in print (4 copies), in PDF, or by pointing to a publicly accessible electronic version.

Deadline for 2014: 31 March 2014

Mailing address for 2014: A.Musolff@uea.ac.uk

Each application must be accompanied by evidence that the applicant and the paper meet the eligibility criteria set out above, i.e. evidence of date of PhD award; evidence of main authorship, if not sole author; evidence of peer review (e.g., letter from editor).

If the paper is not written in English then the applicant must supply a 1000-word abstract in English, and must designate someone prepared to translate the paper if the RaAM Prize Panel requests this.

Judging and Awarding:
A RaAM Prize Panel will be formed at appropriate points by the RaAM Executive Committee, with term-limited membership. The RaAM Prize Panel will be solely responsible for deciding on eligibility and awards.

For 2014:
Professor Antonio Barcelona, University of Córdoba
Dr Gill Philip, University of Macerata
Professor Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia

RaAM Executive Committee take due measures against possible conflicts of interest, and members of the Prize Panel will not be connected to applicants or their PhD process, e.g. as examiner or supervisor.
Awards will be announced at the end of the 2014 RaAM Conference.

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