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Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals 2016

23 May 2016


PDF icon Humanities information sheet PDF icon Life Sciences information sheet PDF icon Notes for nominators

In 2016 the Royal Irish Academy will award two Gold Medals: one in the Humanities and one in the Life Sciences. 

The medals aim to identify and recognise inspirational figures – the stars of the knowledge economy – in order to celebrate the achievements of higher education in Ireland and to inspire future generations. In doing so, the Gold Medals have become recognised as a truly national expression of celebration for scholarly achievement in Ireland.

Eligibility for candidature is restricted to persons who are usually resident in Ireland who have made a distinguished, demonstrable and internationally recognised scholarly contribution to the Humanities or the Life Sciences whilst working in Ireland. Candidates are normally expected to be research active at the time of nomination. 

The nomination of a candidate must be made via the online RIA Gold Medals Award Nomination Form. A proposer and seconder are required, at least one of whom is a Member (or Honorary Member) of the Academy and/or a member of one of the Academy Multi-disciplinary Committees, and/or the head of an institution designated under the HEA Act (1971). The nomination form should be supplemented by:

  • a supporting statement of not more than one A4 page, outlining the candidate’s 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 groundbreaking publications.

The closing date for the receipt of nominations is Wednesday, 25 May 2016, at 17:00

Please download and read the following documents (available on the top, right-hand corner of this webpage) before preparing your application:


The online application form is available here For further information, please email

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