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Call for Nominations: IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes in Astrophysics

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:46

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Astrophysics Committee invites nominations for the 2016 and 2017 Young Scientist Prizes. The award will be given to two scientists working in the field of astrophysics and includes 1,000 EUR. The winners will be invited to give a presentation of scientific achievements at the 29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, which will take place 3-8 December 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.


The nominated candidate must not have completed more than eight years of research after their doctorate by December 2016 and 2017, respectively. Interruptions for military service, family emergencies, etc. — but not teaching — are allowed. One Prize cannot be shared between several candidates.

Nominations may be made by anyone with an interest in the field. Self nominations are not permitted, but a candidate could ask a mentor or colleague to provide a nomination.

The nomination must include:
  • A citation of approximately 50 words
  • Curriculum vitae of the candidate, which must not exceed two pages in length
  • List of six of the candidate’s most significant publications, including citation information, not to exceed one page
  • Commentary on the publications, which makes the case for the award, not to exceed two pages
  • Two letters of support (up to a maximum of three pages), at least one of which must come from someone not at the nominee's institution and not a mentor or significant collaborator

The documents must be collated into a single PDF file called "Surname_ysm.pdf," where "Surname" is the candidate’s name. The file must not exceed 2MB in size. Nominations not conforming to these rules cannot be accepted.

The Prize winners will be selected by a committee composed of the members of the IUPAP Astrophysics Committee (C19). Nominations should be sent on or before 15 June 2017 to the Chair of IUPAP C19, Grazina Tautvaisiene, by e-mail. Past recipients and the call for nominations can be found on the IUPAP C19 webpage.

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