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Call for entries: Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize

28 November 2022

The Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize 2023 is now open for applications from researchers who completed a chemistry PhD in Ireland in 2022

Applications for the Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize 2023 are now invited. The closing date for submissions will be 17.00 on Friday, 6 January 2023.  

The prize will be given for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences as described in a 1000 word essay. 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 go forward for the IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists.


  • One must have received their PhD degree or completed all PhD requirements from a University or Technological University in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, including a successful defence of the doctoral thesis during the calendar year 2022.
  • The research described in the entrant’s thesis must be in the field of the chemical sciences, defined as “chemistry and those disciplines and technologies that make significant use of chemistry.”

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, 6 January 2023.

Watch last year’s prize ceremony

In 2022, the Kathleen Lonsdale Prize was awarded to Dr Pryianka Ganguly who completed her PhD in Institute of Technology Sligo (now Atlantic Technological University) for her work developing new nanomaterials.

Data Protection:

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

All personal data collected will be used solely for the purpose of assessing applications in line with RIA General Data Protection Regulations.


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