The American Ornithological Society is deeply committed to supporting the career development of early-career ornithologists working worldwide. AOS offers two Early Professional Awards, the Ned K. Johnson Early Investigator Award and the James G. Cooper Early Professional Award, for outstanding research achievements by early-career professionals in ornithology. 

In 2019, the society introduced a new research fellowship program for early-career professionals, the Kessel Research Fellowships. The recipients of the inaugural awards will be announced in April 2020.

The Johnson and Cooper awards are administered by the Early Professional Awards Committee, and the Kessel Research Fellowship program is overseen by the Research Awards Committee. Both committees strive to develop a balanced slate of nominees that represents the Society and the diversity of its members. Candidates for the Nelson and Johnson awards may apply for these awards themselves or may be nominated by another member(s) of AOS, and the Early Professional Awards Committee may also make its own nominations to the slate of candidates.

We encourage early-career ornithologists to also consider competing for the Wesley Lanyon Award, which recognizes and the best review paper on any topic in ornithology, published in either AOS journal, authored by an early-career researcher.

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