The ASSC William James Prize

for Contributions to the Study of Consciousness

Competition Overview

The William James Prize is awarded for the most outstanding single published contribution to the empirical or philosophical study of consciousness.

The paper must be authored by a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar/researcher who obtained a PhD or other advanced degree within 6 years of the submission deadline. (i.e – Graduated between 2015 – 2021 ).

Recent Winners

New information for the 2018 Prize:

The prize will be given for Theoretical and Empirical work in alternate years. Theoretical contributions include philosophical and theoretical/computational submissions, whereas Empirical contributions should report analyses of original data and encompass behavioural, neural and/or clinical submissions. The Prize Committee’s decision on whether a paper is eligible will be final.

The same committee will evaluate the Prize in alternating years. Given the alternating years of the award, the eligibility deadline has been increased to 6 years post-PhD to allow individuals in one or other field equal opportunity.

The 2021 Prize will be awarded for Empirical contributions.

Next Submission Deadline

Applications must be submitted before the: 31st of February 2021

The Prize

Cash award

An award of $1500 (USD) will be given to the winner of the competition.

Plenary address

An invitation to present a plenary address at ASSC24, held virtually in June 2021 (registration paid by ASSC).

Lifetime membership

A lifetime membership in ASSC will be awarded to winner of the competition.


  • Nominations, including self nominations, should be submitted via our online application form.
  • The nomination letter should include a brief statement as to why the contribution is outstanding, and for co-authored publications, there should be a statement describing the nominee’s role.
  • To be considered, the contribution must be published or accepted for publication and be written in English.
  • Electronic copies in PDF format of the contribution and the nominee’s CV should be attached to the nomination letter.

Prize Committee


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