Distinguished Career Award

Sponsored by Language, Cognition and Neuroscience

The Distinguished Career Award (DCA) was established to honor researchers who have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to research in the neurobiology of language. The recipient of the award is chosen from nominations put forward by the membership and presents a lecture at the Annual Meeting.


Candidates for this award should have been in the field 15 or more years and have made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the neurobiology of language. This award recognizes senior scientists for their sustained and distinguished careers, including outstanding scientific contributions, leadership, and mentoring. The recipient must be able to attend the annual meeting to deliver a talk about their research.


Nominations (including self-nominations) must be made by a current SNL member and are reviewed by an Award Committee consisting of SNL members. Nominations open on May 6, 2024 and close on June 14, 2024.

Nominations should include:

  • A CV
  • A short (500 word) description of the nominee’s contributions to the neurobiology of language
  • Two letters of recommendation (each no more than 2 pages long) addressing the nominee’s outstanding scientific contributions, leadership, and mentoring

The award is presented at the SNL Annual Meeting. It includes a prize of $1,000, generously provided by Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. In addition, the recipient receives free registration to the Annual Meeting where they deliver a talk and receive their award.

Award Schedule

Nominations Open: May 6, 2024
Nominations Close: June 14, 2024
Recipient Announced: July 26, 2024




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