Apply For The 2019 IAU PhD Prize To Recognise Excellence in Astrophysics


The International Astronomical Union PhD Prize recognises outstanding scientific achievement in astrophysics around the world. Once a year, each IAU Division awards its prize to the candidate with the most remarkable work in the previous year. 


Candidate must have a PhD Thesis defended between the 16 December in the previous year, and 15 December this year. 


The recipient of this award will receive a range of prizes, tailored by each Division at their discretion. A standard prize includes airfare and accommodation to attend the next IAU General Assembly to be awarded a certificate. Other rewards might include an opportunity to present thesis work at Division Days, an invitation to attend presentations at the IAU Executive Committee meeting and dinner at the General Assembly, as well as the possibility to present a talk at either a plenary or special session.


Candidates are required to submit: an abstract of their thesis that is suitable for public consumption; a 1500-word thesis summary; three letters of recommendation (including one from the PhD advisor); and a CV. The winner of each Division will be decided by the Division’s standards and methods, guided by the Division Steering Committee and possibly with corroborating external consultation or additional letters of recommendation.

The IAU PhD Prize is open to candidates from any country, regardless of whether the country has an IAU National Membership. Also, a separate prize is available to be awarded to applicants from developing countries (defined as those not in the OECD).

The deadline for all applications is 15 December every year, including all applications since the previous year’s deadline. Click to apply 

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