Research Awards

Establishing a strong research culture in the university is an achievable challenge in the presence of proper drive and motivation.  Founding of a strong research culture in the university will not only help us achieve the world class status by improving the University’s rank locally and globally, but will also open up many other channels for further advancement as a higher education institute.

It is in this light, the Research Council has taken initiatives to promote and strengthen the research activities in the university. A logical and positive step towards that would be to recognize, support and encourage the academics, who conduct high quality research and publish them in recognized and indexed journals. Acknowledging such distinguished individuals through a fair rewarding mechanism would not only encourage them to pursue further research of higher standards, but would also surely entice the fellow academics to follow in their footsteps.

Thus the Vice Chancellor and the Research Council of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura have established a Research Award system to recognize and appreciate the contribution of academics who have conducted and published/presented their research at national and international conferences, peer reviewed and indexed journals.

This Research Award system is conducted through 10 categories where eligible candidates/departments/committee will be given monetary awards and certificates.  The early carrier research award will be awarded to the best researcher less than 40 years and the Vice Chancellor’s award will be awarded to the best researcher of the University following a stringent selection process.

Award Categories are as follows…

  1. An abstract published in local/foreign conference proceedings or symposium
  2. A full paper published in local/foreign conference proceedings
  3. A full paper published in a refereed/any indexed journal (Any indexing service other than listed in category 4 below)
  4. A full paper published in an indexed journal
    Recognized Index journals are listed at under:
    a. Science Citation Indexed Expanded (™) (Web of Science)
    b. Social Sciences Citation Index® (Web of Science)
    c. Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science)
    d. Elsevier SCOPUS
    e. Emerald Insight
    f. Cabell’s International
  5. Researchers having the highest h-index for the year 2019
    1. To be considered for the category 5 awards, the researcher should have an h-index of 5 or more
    2. Three awards per each Faculty will be awarded
    3. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded once in five years for the same candidate with effect from 2016
  6. Researchers having published 5 or more full papers in recognized indexed journals (Listed under section 4 above). Must cite University of Sri Jayewardenepura as the institutional affiliation.
  7. The academics who had successfully supervised to completion of PhD/MPhil degrees within the period 2016 to 2020 that had also utilized University Research Council Funds (evidence needs to be submitted a letter from the Deputy Registrar, FGS, USJ). This award is granted only to the Principal Investigator.
  8. Early Career Researcher Award
    • h-index should be 5 or more than 5
    • Researcher should be in Senior Lecturer Grade II
    • Researcher has to be less than 40 years by the deadline for the Research Award Applications
    • First author of the published articles
    • University of Sri Jayewardenepura should be the corresponding author’s affiliation and the University’s email address should be on the research article
    • Award will be given to the candidate who has the highest cumulative impact factor for the full papers published in Index Journals(SCI/SSCI/AHCI/Elsevier SCOPUS/ Emerald Insight/ Cabell’s International)
  1. Vice Chancellor’s Award (Follow CVCD guidelines)
    • Applicants have to be in permanent service at University of Sri Jayewardenepura for the last five years.
    • No faculty member may receive the award more than once every five years.
  1. Researchers who have obtained external research grants


You are requested to submit the hard copies of your articles to Co-Chairperson, Office of Research Council, 1st floor, Vice Chancellor’s lodge

For any queries please contact: Research Council

Tel: 011-2802034
Mobile: 0716308013 Ms. Dinusha
Mobile: 0716067241 Ms. Dayani

Please note that any false information, misinterpretation, omission of facts and failure to provide all or part of information shall be considered as a cause for disqualification of your application

Please note that awards will be considered only for the applied categories.

Deadline for submission for Research Awards 2019 is 31st October 2020.

Submit using Research Award Application Tool:


Research Council
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Date: 25.09.2020