Early Career Award

The International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR) seeks to honor and recognize developing scholars who are moving the intercultural and cross-cultural research fields forward into the future. At each biennial conference (the next one to be held June 25-June 29, 2017 at Colelge of Staten Island, CUNY, NYC, NY, USA), the most deserving intercultural relations researcher whose achievements have occurred within a six (6) year period after receiving his/her terminal degree is recognized for his/her outstanding early contributions. Promising candidates MUST be nominated by an IAIR Fellow. So esteemed Fellows, please take time to recommend those whose work as caught your attention. Please send your nomination electronically before January 1, 2017 to Dr. Wenshan Jia, IAIR Fellow & Board Member, Professor of Intercultural Communication, School of Communication 214, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, California, 92866 USA.


Early Career Award Specifications

This award recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of intercultural relations early in their careers.


Individuals are eligible for this award if they have made substantial contributions to intercultural relations within six (6) years of receiving a PhD or equivalent advanced degree. Nominees need not be members of the Academy at the time of the nomination, but it is expected that they will qualify and apply for membership before receiving the award.


Individuals must be nominated by a Fellow of the Academy. The nomination should include:

a.       A cover letter outlining the nominee’s accomplishments to date and anticipated future contributions;

b.      The nominee’s current curriculum vitae;

c.       Several of the nominee’s representative publications; and

d.      The names, addresses (both physical and email) of two other people who may be contacted for reference letters.

The application must be submitted electronically (Microsoft Word preferred) to the Chair (Dr. Wenshan Jia at jia@chapman.edu) for review by the Early Career Award Committee.

Deadline for the 2017 Award 

The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2017.

Conference Attendance, Presentation, and Honorary Benefits

It is expected that the recipient will present their research at the upcoming conference at which the award will be announced.  In addition, an article based on the research of the winner should be submitted for possible publication in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations or whatever outlet has been designated for selected conference papers by the conference organizers. The registration fee for the conference at which the award is presented will be waived, and the winner will receive a $500 honorarium.