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2024 RIA Gold Medals: call for nominations

09 May 2023


PDF icon 2024 Guide for nominators PDF icon Information sheet: 2024 Academy Gold Medal in the Social Sciences PDF icon Information sheet: 2024 Academy Gold Medal in the Engineering Sciences

The call for nominations for the 2024 RIA Gold Medal in the Social Sciences and the 2024 RIA Gold Medal in the Engineering Sciences is now open.

In 2024, the Royal Irish Academy will present the Academy Gold Medal in the Engineering Sciences and the Academy Gold Medal in the Social Sciences to individuals who have made a demonstrable and internationally recognised outstanding scholarly contribution in their fields.

The closing date for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, 6 June 2023 at 17:00


  • Eligibility for candidature is restricted to persons who are usually resident in Ireland.
  • Candidates are expected to be research active at the time of nomination, and to be making a distinguished, demonstrable and internationally recognised scholarly contribution to the Social Sciences.
  • The work underpinning this will have been undertaken while candidates have been working in Ireland.

Nomination procedure

A nomination must be made using the online Academy Gold Medal Award Nomination Form.

A proposer and a seconder are required, at least one of whom is a member (or Honorary member) of the Academy, and/or a current member of one of the Academy multi-disciplinary committees, and/or the head of an institution designated under the Higher Education Act (2022).

The completed nomination form should contain a short (approx. half-page) citation for the candidate, prepared by the proposer and seconder, as indicated in the nomination form. This should be supplemented by:

  • a supporting statement of not more than one A4 page outlining the candidates scholarly achievements and contributions;
  • a brief (no more than four pages) up-to-date CV; and
  • a list (no more than twenty) of the candidate’s most important publications to date, including evidence of current research, with an evaluation (no more than two pages) by the proposer and seconder of the five most ground-breaking publications. Nominators are requested to provide access to or a copy of at least two of the five selected publications to assist the award committee in their assessment of the nomination. Where the selected publication is a book, please provide access to a chapter from that publication.

The closing date for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, 6 June 2023 at 17:00


The Academy seeks to ensure greater gender, disciplinary, institutional, and overall diversity in all of its activities. In the event that at the close of the call for nominations, the Academy is not satisfied that the nominations received are fully representative of the diversity, and especially the gender diversity, of the field, the nomination process may be reopened. Should the Academy continue to have concerns in this regard the assessment of nominations will not proceed, and the Gold Medal will not be awarded.


Please email with all queries.

The 2024 Academy Gold Medals are sponsored by AIB.

Data Protection

All personal data supplied with a nomination for the Gold Medals is used for the purpose of peer-review and competitive assessment for this award only. Please refer to the 2024 Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal Privacy Notice which are available on the RIAs Privacy page.

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