Award Nomination Call

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) is seeking nominations of potential recipients for the Judy Illes Award for Mentorship in the Field of Neuroethics. One honoree will be named this year and invited to give a talk about mentoring at the next INS Annual Meeting.

For this award you can nominate a colleague or your current or former mentor. Review the eligibility and criteria sections below before submitting a nomination. Self nominations are not accepted.

Nominations are due by August 7, 2023 at 5:00pm EDT.

Nomination form


The Judy Illes Award is bestowed annually to a distinguished scholar of the scientific community in recognition of their commitment to mentoring. The first award was given in 2022 to its namesake: Judy Illes, for "being an exceptionally prolific mentor fiercely dedicated to supporting students and early career scholars navigating the emerging neuroethics discipline."


Nominees for the Judy Illes Award do not need to be INS members. The award may be given to any distinguished scholar of the scientific community that has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring students, trainees, and early career professionals pursuing careers in neuroethics.

A nominee's dedication to mentoring can be exercised through the activities of the INS, other international networks or associations, or the community specific to their field, discipline, geographic region, local institutions and communities, or other organizing units.


Nominees will be evaluated using the following criteria categories. Please address these areas in your written statement about the nominee.

  • Generosity & Approachability – Mentors enthusiastically share their time, expertise and networks in fostering the careers of junior members of their field.
  • Leadership – Mentors provide guidance and expertise in developing mentees as future leaders in the field.
  • Advocacy – Mentors champion the achievements and attributes of mentees, advocating for them and assisting in the building of their networks and capabilities.
  • Inclusivity – Mentors serve as role models for mentees through the demonstration of integrity, respect and collegiality towards their mentees, and their colleagues and institutions.

We welcome members to nominate persons for this award who have a proven track record of fostering diversity and inclusion within the field of neuroethics or through mentorship of early career researchers/postgraduates.

Submit Nominations

We encourage our membership to submit nominees to be considered for this award. As you propose nominees, please consider the criteria by which we will be evaluating all nominees and speak to these areas as part of your submission. Self nominations are not allowed.

Submit nominations through the nomination form. Nominations are due by August 7, 2023 at 5:00pm EDT. Late submissions will not be considered.

For a complete list of questions and to compose your answers, use the corresponding document (docx). If for any reason you cannot access or successfully submit the online form, return the completed document by email to INS staff <[email protected]>.

Nomination form


Nominees received will be reviewed by the Membership Committee. The committee will then develop a list of 2 or 3 candidates for consideration. The President of the Society — in consultation with the President-Elect and/or Immediate Past President — will select an honoree for this year.


Honorees will receive a stipend ($1,000 USD) and will be invited to give a plenary talk at the next INS Annual Meeting about their work and the importance of mentoring. They will also be available to speak with students and trainees in attendance.

Previous Honorees