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Applying for The Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize

The Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize, formally known as the Young Chemist Prize, was established at the Academy in 2000. Since its inauguration, the Royal Irish Academy works each year with the expert members of the Physical, Chemistry and Mathematical committee to select a winner based on the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences.

The prize, kindly sponsored by Henkel, includes an award of €2,000. The winner will also be nominated by the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee to compete amongst the top young chemists in the world in the IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists.

How to apply:

  • Submit a 1,000-word essay (maximum, but figures are permitted) describing the thesis work and placing it in perspective relative to current research in the chemical sciences
  • Supply a listing of all published material arising from the PhD research performed
  • Provide two supporting letters, one from the thesis adviser and one additional faculty member who is familiar with the applicant’s thesis work. These letters should comment on the qualifications, contribution to publications and accomplishments of the applicant and the significance of the thesis work.

All documentation (in PDF format) should be emailed to with the subject line: Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize by 17.00 on Friday, 12 January 2024.

Data Protection:

Before submitting your application please read the Kathleen Lonsdale Prize Transparency Statement.

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