Frith Prize

The Frith Prize is an EPS Early Career Award (up to one year post doctorate) established in 2011 by a gift from Chris and Uta Frith. Its purpose is to recognise experimental psychologists at the start of their career who have produced an exceptional body of work in their PhD thesis. The thesis should have been examined not more than one year before the nomination (assuming full-time employment and the absence of a career break)

The nomination should be submitted by the primary supervisor and include:

  • a supporting letter from the primary supervisor (who must be an EPS member)
  • the abstract of the thesis
  • the nominee’s CV including description of any conference presentations and publications arising directly from the thesis work
  • one draft or published manuscript based on the thesis work
  • a supporting statement from the External Examiner (who does not need to be an EPS member).

The nominees need not be EPS members or of British nationality. Nominations should be sent to the Hon Secretary by the closing date of 1 September each year. The completed documents should be sent to the Honorary Secretary by email* (preferred) at, or by post.

* If emailing, applicants must prepare and submit a single PDF of the aggregated, signed application material. In this case it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all material is compiled and formatted appropriately.

Nominations are considered by the Committee who then put the successful candidate forward for approval at the Annual General Meeting. In recommending the award of the prize the Committee will give primary consideration to the quality of the doctoral student, as judged by the External Examiner and evidenced in the other submitted materials.  The clarity of the Examiner’s supporting statement is very important and any publication selected should show the student’s independence and be central to the thesis.

The recipient of the Frith Prize will be awarded an honorarium of £1000 and will be invited to deliver a Lecture at any of the Society’s meetings. Reasonable travelling and subsistence expenses incurred in connection with the delivery of the Lecture will be reimbursed. For further details see the Society’s rules 49-53.

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Previous Frith Prize Winners

Videos of Frith Prize Lectures (Members’ Only)