Emerging Leader Award

Emerging Leader Award 



The Emerging Leader Award recognizes scientists and pharmaceutical professionals who are early in their careers—regardless of whether they work in an academic, industrial, government, or another setting—who have made a significant impact through the pharmaceutical sciences that promotes public health. AAPS sees these young scientists as future global leaders and wishes to encourage their work by bringing attention to it, and to hold them up as an example to other early career scientists.


A scientist or pharmaceutical professional in the early stages of their career who has significantly advanced pharmaceutical science and/or has innovatively applied the principles of pharmaceutical science to promote public and/or global health.
Number Presented Annually: 1

Presentation: PharmSci 360 Opening General Session or similar


  • Award plaque
  • Up to 4 complimentary hotel nights in the hotel of AAPS’ choosing
  • Reimbursement for flight costs up to $750 domestic or $1,200 international (Recipient must comply with AAPS’ travel policy for expenses to be eligible for reimbursement)
  • Complimentary registration in year of receipt

Expectations for Recipient: Participation in PharmSci 360 in year of receipt and participation in the Awards Program presentation to accept this honor.


Nomination Type: Self, peer, or committee of peers

Nomination Package:

  • Curriculum Vitae/résumé
  • Biography highlighting candidate’s impact on public health through the pharmaceutical sciences
  • Nominator’s statement
  • 1-3 letters of endorsement (optional)

Qualifications for Nomination:

  • Must be an AAPS member at time of nomination
  • Must be no more than 8 years from beginning a full-time, paid, early professional career in academia, industry, and/or regulatory (excludes doctoral, post-doctoral, intern or residency positions)

Enterprise-level AAPS award recipients will not be considered for additional enterprise-level awards in consecutive years.

Selection Committee: The AAPS Awards Committee

Selection Process:

The Awards Committee will consider:

  • Candidates’ breakthrough innovation or discovery, with emphasis on the long-term potential of that breakthrough
  • Importance of breakthrough
  • Innovation of discovery
  • Long-term potential of impact / breakthrough
  • Urgency of execution

How quickly the innovation benefited patients The committee will vote to select a recipient.