2024 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists – Call for applicants

The call for the 2024 IUPAC—Solvay International Award for Young Chemists is open!

Who can enter?

  • You must have completed your PhD in the 2023 calendar year, including your defense.
  • Your PhD must be from an institution based in an IUPAC member country/territory.
  • Your PhD must be in the field of chemical sciences: “chemistry and those disciplines and technologies that make significant use of chemistry”.

Entry form and due date: All entries are due before 15 February 2024 and can be submitted online.

What do I need for my entry?

  • 6000-character essay: Describe your thesis work in 6000 characters and place it in the context of your broader research field in the chemical sciences. Your essay must be written in English.
  • Supporting letters: We require the contact details of people who can write a support letter for your application:
    • Your thesis advisor and/or the chair of your thesis committee
    • One or two faculty members who know and can comment on your thesis work

These letters should comment on the your qualifications and accomplishments and the significance of your thesis work, and must also be submitted before 15 February 2024.

IMPORTANT: The letters must be submitted by the writers themselves, and should be on their institution’s letterhead. Therefore, please only submit their contact details and we will contact them directly for the letters. If you upload a letter yourself, we cannot consider your application any further.

Additional Information:

The IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists is intended to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The awards are given for the most outstanding Ph.D. theses in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a short essay. The award is generously sponsored by Solvay.

Each year, IUPAC awards up to five prizes. Each prize consists of an US$1000 cash award and up to US$1000 towards travel expenses to attend the next IUPAC Congress, where the awards will be presented. We make an effort to ensure fair geographic distribution of prizes, in keeping with IUPAC’s status as a global organization.

For this round, the awards will be presented at the 2025 IUPAC Congress, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11-18 July 2025. Each awardee will be invited to present a poster on his/her research and to participate in a plenary award session, and is invited to submit a review article for publication in Pure and Applied Chemistry.

If you have any questions, please contact IUPAC by email at [email protected].

About Solvay:

Created in 1863, Solvay is a global company driven by proud and committed chemists. With historical anchorage in Europe, and as an international chemical group, Solvay assists industry in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Its products serve many markets including energy and environment, automotive and aeronautics, electricity and electronics, with a common goal: to improve the performance of clients and society’s quality of life. The Group is firmly committed to sustainable development focused on innovation and operating excellence and also committed to the development of science and technology, particularly concerned by the young generations of scientists. To perpetuate the founder’s commitment as a strong supporter of scientific research, Solvay is supporting and encouraging outstanding scientists and young researchers as well. Next to the Solvay Awards which encourage young graduates from Belgium since more than 25 years, and the “The Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize”, a biennial EUR 300,000 prize awarded for the first time in 2013 to Professor Peter G. Schultz (Scripps Research Institute, California), Solvay is the proud supporter of the IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists. (www.solvay.com)

Announcement of the 2023 Awardees


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