ann19008 — Announcement

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21 February 2019
IAU 2019 PhD Prize Applications Open

The IAU is inviting applications for its 2019 PhD prize, which celebrates the outstanding accomplishments made globally in astrophysics.

First introduced in 2016, the prize is awarded annually in each of the IAU Divisions in recognition of the most remarkable work done in the previous year. Eligible PhD Theses for the 2019 Prize are those which have been defended between 16 December 2018 and 15 December 2019. Theses which are in preparation or submitted, but not yet defended by 15 December 2019 are not eligible for the 2019 Prize.

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. For winners of the 2019 prize, this will be the 2021 General Assembly. 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.

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); and a CV. 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.

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).

The application form is available here:



Maria Teresa Lago
General Secretary
Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 43 25 83 58

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