The IEA/Kingfar Award for Student Research in Human Factors and Ergonomics Issues in Industrially Developing Countries (The IEA/Kingfar Award)


Past recipients


  • Qing-Xing Qu, Chinese Ergonomics Society
  • Guillermina Andrea Peñaloza, Associação Brasileira de Ergonomia
  • Natália Ransolin, Associação Brasileira de Ergonomia
  • Viviana Maura dos Santos, Associação Brasileira de Ergonomia
  • Vibha Bhatia, Indian Society of Ergonomics
  • Elaine Aives de Carvalho, Associação Brasileira de Ergonomia
  • Abdulazeez Uba Muhammad, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
  • Carlos Viviani Gonzalez, Chilean Ergonomics Society


  • Gilbert J. Huber, Associação Brasileira de Ergonomia
  • Liuxing Tsao, Chinese Ergonomics Society
  • Mengli Yu, Chinese Ergonomics Society
  • Rodrigo Arcuri Marques Pereira, Associação Brasileira de Ergonomia


Application for the IEA/Kingfar Award



The IEA/Kingfar Award is given annually to honor persons who have made high-quality human factors and ergonomics  (HFE) research achievements that address issues typical of industrially developing countries (IDCs). The purpose of the award is to encourage a deserving person to further explore original researches and applications on HFE issues typical of IDC, thereby potentially improving the well-being of people in IDCs.

Basic Structure

  • Honor eligible nominees who have made high-quality human factors and ergonomics  (HFE) research achievements that address issues typical of industrially developing countries (IDCs). Nominees can be from any countries including both IDCs and developed countries.
  • Honor up to eight winners each year.
  • Award each winner a prize of $1,000 USD.


  • The submitted research achievement should address HFE issues typical of IDCs, which is proved by submitted evidentiary documents. All areas of HFE are acceptable.
  • The submitted research achievement should have been accomplished by the nominated student prior to graduation.
  • The nominee is a registered PhD student or a PhD candidate. Newly graduated ex-students who have been awarded a PhD within the past year are acceptable.
  • The nominee has to have made a major contribution to the submitted research achievement, preferably the first or corresponding author of evidentiary technical document(s) – See Nomination Process shown below.
  • The nominee is a member of an IEA federated or affiliated society, or a self-recommending individual whom an IEA federated or affiliated society agrees to nominate. It is suggested that the federated or affiliated society promote ways to associate students to enable applications.
Note, the IEA Award Committee may examine the eligibility and decline the application before detailed technical evaluation.

Nomination Process

  • The nomination must be made to IEA through an IEA federated or affiliated society.
  • The following evidentiary documents should be combined into a single pdf file, and sent to the Chair of the Awards Standing Committee (, the Vice President, Secretary General (, and the Secretariat ( by June 30, each year.  Note: for 2021, the deadline has been extended to August 31.
    • A letter of nomination from the nominating society that justifies the quality of the nominee’s research. Relevance to HFE issues in IDCs should be clearly stated in a specific paragraph. The quality of submitted research achievement should be clearly mentioned;
    • Full copy of journal/conference paper(s), and/or design(s) with explanations, and/or project report(s);
    • The nominee’s curriculum vitae or résumé, which must include references of background and/or present training in the HFE domain. The nominee’s current mailing and email address should be included.
    • A scanned copy of the nominee’s ID (for current studying condition) or graduation certificate (for newly graduated);
    • A letter of recommendation from the nominee’s academic adviser using the institution’s letterhead, which justifies the HFE contribution, certifies the nominee’s contribution, and describes the nominees’s status at the time of submitting the nomination. The letter may encompass other features judged relevant to the decision of nomination.


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