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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.


  • 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 2023.
  • 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.”

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.