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 high-quality human factors/ ergonomics (HFE) research achievements. The purpose of the award is to significantly promote and reward high-quality original research and applications on new and emerging HFE issues or issues specifically related to industrially developing countries (IDCs), as well as to promote a career path in HFE. 

Basic Structure

  • Honor eligible nominees who have made high-quality HFE research achievements that address new and emerging issues or issues typical of industrially developing countries (IDCs). Nominees can be from any countries including both IDCs and developed countries.
  • Honor up to 13 winners each year, with 8 awards given to PhD students, and 5 awards to early career scholars/researchers (within 10 years of completing a PhD).
  • Award each student winner a prize of $1,000 and each early career winner a prize of $1,500.


  • The submitted research achievement should address new and emerging HFE issues or issues typical of IDCs, which is proved by submitted evidentiary documents. All areas of HFE are acceptable.
  • Nominees may be PhD students or early career researchers (within 10 years of completing a PhD).
  • For student nominees:
    • The submitted research achievement should have been accomplished by the nominated student prior to graduation from a doctoral program.
    • The nominee is a registered doctoral student or a doctoral candidate. Recent graduates who were awarded a doctoral degree within the past year may also be nominated for the student award.
  • For early career researchers:
    • The submitted research achievement should have been accomplished by the nominee within 10 years of PHD graduation
    • The submitted achievement should be part of a programmatic research plan, geared toward a career in HFE
  • The nominee must 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. A society may nominate up to 3 candidates.
  • 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 IEA Administrator ( by June 30, each year !2022 deadline for student nominees is extended to 30 September 2022!:
  • A letter of nomination from the nominating society that justifies the quality of the nominee’s research. Relevance to new and emerging HFE issues or issues relevant 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 statement of the nominee’s status with supporting evidence (e.g., student ID, graduation certificate, employment or job title).
  • A letter of recommendation from the nominee’s academic adviser or supervisor on 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.


Note: The official language is English

Deadlines extended!   IEA/Tsinghua and IEA/Kingfar Student Award nominations closing 30 September 2022!