ICA Early Career Award

The ICA Early Career Award is a major international award that acknowledges excellence in a young acoustician.

Applications for the 2022 Early Career Award now being accepted.


The ICA Early Career Award is presented at the Triennial Congress to an individual who is relatively early in his/her professional career (less than 15 years of active professional career at the date of the application deadline; the start of the professional career is determined by the year of obtaining the first level College or University degree), who has contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical or applied acoustics or both and who has been active in the affairs of Acoustics through his/her National Society, other National Society(ies), Regional or International organizations.

Past Recipients -- information on the past recipients of this prestigious award is available here.

The Award

The Award consists of an Award Certificate, a Medal, and an Honorarium. The honorarium for the Early Career award to be announced at the ICA 2022 Congress will be Euro 2,000.

Award Presentation

The award shall be presented at the banquet or a Plenary Session of the ICA Triennial Congress by the President of the Board of the ICA. The award recipient will be introduced by an individual from the nominating National Society and given the opportunity to make remarks in acceptance of the award. The award recipient will present a paper during the Congress and this presentation will be clearly identified in the program. A list of award recipients and a photograph of the most recent award recipient and his/her citation will be listed on the ICA website.

Nomination Procedures

Approximate timetable

14 months prior to the Triennial Congress

  • Member Societies will be invited to submit nominations for the award
  • Individual members of a Member Society can self nominate

9 months prior to the Triennial Congress

  • Deadline for all Submissions

7 months prior to the Triennial Congress

  • Early Career Award winner will be notified


*** Applications for the 2022 Early Career Award must be submitted by 15 December 2021 ***

Submissions should be sent only by email attachment, and preferably in a single file, to the ICA EC Grant Chair (ICAECGrantChair@icacommission.org). Title of the email should be "ICA Early Career Award". Submissions by airmail cannot be accepted.

The submission must include the following:

  1. One nominating letter,
  2. Two supporting letters,
  3. Professional facts document (form available, if the download does not start automatically, right-click on the link and select "Save link as ..."), and
  4. Full curriculum vitae.