ASCB Porter Prizes for Research Excellence

About the Award

One graduate student and one postdoctoral researcher will be selected on the basis of scientific excellence. In the spirit of Keith Porter, the emphasis will be on their individual contributions to the advancement of science and on the novelty and creativity of their findings. We are looking for discoveries that provide new ideas and new avenues for exploration in cell biology.

Criteria for the review of applications will focus on individual scientific excellence, and the creativity and novelty of the research described, distinguishing as best possible the contribution of the individual student or fellow from the overall track record of the lab.

These awards are made possible by the Porter Foundation.

Award Details

An award of $2,000 for outstanding predoctoral research and an award of $4,000 for outstanding postdoctoral research will be awarded at Cell Bio Virtual 2021- An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Recipients will be presented a plaque and check following the conclusion of the meeting. Awardees will also be invited to speak in a Minisymposium.

Who is Eligible

ASCB members who are graduate students and postdocs. If you apply as a graduate student you must be enrolled as a graduate student at the time of the deadline.

Nominees for and recipients of ASCB honorific awards and prizes are expected to exemplify and to continue to exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. Letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee’s professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in ASCB’s Mission Statement, the Anti-Harassment Policy and the Workforce Diversity Statement.

As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA , the ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its award candidates. The ASCB looks at an individual’s research contributions and impact on the field, rather than the prestige of the journals where work is published.

How to Apply


Between April 5 and April 26 please indicate your intent to nominate a candidate or self-apply for an award. Doing so will allow the Society to assess the number of anticipated applications and the diversity of the candidate pool.


Applications will be accepted between April 27 and June 30. AWARD WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2021.

  • A biosketch that follows the NIH (or similar format) no longer than 5 pages.
  • A narrative statement of no more than 2 pages that addresses how your, or your nominee’s, achievements have contributed to the advancement of at least 3 of the 5 core elements of the ASCB mission statement, with one of the elements addressing the nature of this award.
  • No more than 3 letters of support, none longer than 2 pages. At least one of the supporting letters must be from someone who is neither a collaborator, former trainee, nor mentor of the candidate; and who is at a different institution than the candidate.
  • An abstract submission at the Cell Bio Virtual 2021- An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting.


Intent to Apply Deadline: April 26, 2021

Deadline: June 30, 2021