FAB: The Donchin and Holmes Emerging Scholar Prize 

Established on the occasion of FAB’s 20th Anniversary, this prize honors the co-founders of FAB, Anne Donchin and Helen (Becky) Bequaert Holmes. The prize is awarded for the best paper accepted for presentation at the biennial FAB World Congress by a graduate student or early career scholar. The award consists of $500 USD, a certificate, and recognition on the program.

Criteria for Applying:

  • You must submit an abstract for your paper for presentation at the upcoming FAB World Congress in July 2022,
  • You must be currently enrolled in a graduate program (masters, doctorate, or equivalent) or have graduated from such a program within the last 2 years,
  • You must currently be a member of FAB, and
  • If the paper is not single-authored, either all co-authors must meet criterion 2 (i.e. no faculty co-authors) or, if the paper reports a form of empirical bioethics that would conventionally be co-authored by supervisors or collaborators, the graduate student or early career scholar must be the lead (first) author and the submission must be accompanied by a statement from the co-authors that the graduate student or early career scholar led the work in such a way that it is appropriate to consider the paper eligible for a graduate student or early career prize.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstracts for your paper must be submitted to the FAB Congress through the online abstract submission portal by 30 September 2021.
  • If an abstract is accepted, full papers submitted for the Donchin and Holmes Emerging Scholar prize should be sent by email to FABcoordinator@fabnet.org by 31 March 2022. They should be between 3,000-6,000 words in length and prepared for anonymous review.
  • The body of the email should list
     - paper title
     - applicant’s name, affiliation, and email address
     - applicant’s current graduate program and dates of enrollment or the graduate program and date of graduation
  • If necessary, the e-mail should also list any co-authors and include further information to confirm that criterion 4 has been met.
  • The submission should be sent to with the subject line Donchin and Holmes prize entry to FABcoordinator@fabnet.org by the deadline of 31 March 2022.

Judging Criteria:

The panel of judges will evaluate the paper on

  • Knowledge of the relevant literature
  • Organization/structure
  • Quality of reasoning
  • Originality of thought
  • Quality of writing.

The winner will be announced at the FAB Congress in July 2022.

Fine Print:

FAB reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year. Failure to attend the FAB World Congress typically forfeits the prize, though there may be exceptional circumstances in which this rule is waived. Winners are encouraged to extend their paper to full length and submit it to IJFAB for review and potential publication. For more information about FAB, including how to become a FAB member, is available at www.fabnet.org
FAB is affiliated with the International Association of Bioethics (IAB).