Application for Ole-Jørgen Skog Award

The purpose of the Ole-Jørgen Skog Award for Early Career Scientists is to recognize the excellence of the papers presented by early career scientists at the KBS Annual Symposium and to celebrate the upcoming researchers in our discipline.

General information

  • The award is presented at the conference dinner and is a cash prize of 250 Euros, two years membership of the Kettil Bruun Society, and a certificate.
  • The deadline for applications is 26 April 2024.
  • The best paper by an early career scientist will be selected by a scientific committee, based on its contribution to advancing the knowledge in alcohol research and on its theoretical and methodological quality.
  • The winner will be announced during the Symposium in May 2024.

How do I apply?

  • Check your eligibility and read the guidance on how we evaluate your submission below.
  • Submit your abstract by the deadline, this year it is February 2, 2024.
  • Please fill out the application form.
  • Email the application form and your full paper by 26 April 2024 to Gillian Shorter, Chair of the Award Committee at .


To be considered for the award, applicants must:

    • have submitted an abstract to the KBS conference 2024;
    • be students studying for their masters or doctoral degree (with no more than 5 years in alcohol research) OR early career scientists whose postgraduate degree was recently awarded (i.e., again with no more than 5 years in alcohol research) OR early career scientists without a postgraduate degree with less than 5 years in alcohol research;
    • be the first author/presenter of the paper;
    • provide a statement describing the contributions of each author on the application form;
    • not have submitted the paper to a peer-review journal; and
    • submit the paper and application form by the due date; late entrants will not be accepted.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please get in touch with the Chair of the Award Committee at  in advance of your application submission.

Evaluation criteria

Approximately equal weight will be given to each of the three criteria. Please note the descriptors under each heading.

1. Significance and innovation

  • addresses an issue relevant to social, epidemiological, and cross-cultural research on alcohol use;
  • reports findings that contribute to the research discipline and/or will improve public policy, health promotion or clinical practice;
  • will probably result in an influential publication.

2. Scientific merit

  • the rationale for the study is well developed;
  • objectives are clearly defined and coherent;
  • methods are appropriate;
  • analyses are well executed;
  • results are interpreted appropriately.

3. Quality of presentation

  • paper is well structured and within the page limits (16, single-spaced including tables, figures and references);
  • abstract accurately and succinctly describes the key features of the study in appropriate detail;
  • introduction covers the relevant literature and presents a rationale for the study;
  • tables and figures are clear and informative and do not overlap with the text;
  • discussion provides a brief summary of the main findings, a complete and balanced account of the limitations and strengths of the study, and a comparison with other relevant studies.

A list of previous winners is available at:

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your submission.



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