The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest Academic honour in Ireland.

Read more about the RIA

Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize

17 January 2020

Applications close on Monday 20 January at 12:00 noon - Apply now

Applications for the Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize 2019 are now invited. The closing date for submissions will be 12 noon on Monday, 20 January 2020.

The prize (previously known as the Young Chemist 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 €1,000.

The winner will also be nominated by the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee to go forward for the 2020 IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists.


  • One must have received their PhD degree or completed all PhD requirements from a University or Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, including a successful defence of the doctoral thesis during the calendar year 2019.
  • 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 12 noon on Monday, 20 January 2020.

Read more about last year’s winner, Dr Xinxin Xiao of University of Limerick here

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

Stay up to date with the Royal Irish Academy newsletter

Sign up now