ann23036 — Announcement

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13 October 2023
Call for Applications to the 2023 IAU PhD Prize

The IAU is inviting applications for its 2023 PhD prize, an award which celebrates the outstanding accomplishments made globally by PhD researchers in astrophysics. The deadline for applications is 15 December 2023. 

First introduced in 2016, the prize is awarded annually in each of the nine IAU Divisions in recognition of the most remarkable thesis work done in the previous year. The IAU PhD Prize is open to candidates from any country, regardless of whether the country is an IAU National Member. In addition, a separate prize is available to be awarded to applicants from developing countries (defined as those not in the OECD).

Candidates are required to submit: 

  • An abstract of their thesis that is pitched at a level suitable for the public; 
  • A 1500-word thesis summary; 
  • Three letters of recommendation (including one from the PhD advisor); 
  • A CV. 

Eligible PhD theses for the 2023 Prize are those which have been defended between 16 December 2022 and 15 December 2023. Theses which are in preparation or submitted but not yet defended by 15 December 2023 are not eligible for the 2023 Prize.

The application form is available here. 

Each recipient will receive a range of prizes, tailored at the discretion of the awarding Division. A standard prize includes airfare and accommodation to attend the next IAU General Assembly where certificates will be presented. Other prizes might include the opportunity to present their thesis work at the Division Days meetings, an invitation to attend presentations at the IAU Executive Committee meeting, dinner at the General Assembly and the possibility of presenting a talk at either a plenary or special session.

The winner from each Division will be decided according to the Division’s own standards and methods — guided by the Division Steering Committee — and possibly with corroborating external consultation or additional letters of recommendation.

More information

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 12 000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.



Lina Canas
IAU Membership Coordinator

Debra Elmegreen
IAU President

Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Director of Communications
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