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Current Postgraduate Students


Departmental Outstanding PhD Thesis Awards

From 1st January 2017, students who submit their PhD thesis within four years of their start date will be automatically eligible for one of the above Departmental Outstanding PhD Thesis Awards.*  It is our intention as a Department that normally not more than 5 of these will be given in any calendar year and this will be subject to both the Internal and External PhD Examiners independently (prior to the viva) recommending a thesis for the honour.  Recommendations made between 1st January and 31st December 2017 will be considered in early 2018 by a Departmental panel with representatives from all RIGs as to which theses should be made an Award: the Graduate Education Committee will be asked to ratify such recommendations and the students selected will be notified by e-mail in the first instance of their success.  A letter from the Head of Department plus certificate and £250 prize will follow.

External Awards

The table below summarises a selection of external awards which graduate students from our Department may be eligible for:

Award (linked to webpage) Purpose Value
ABTA Doctoral Researcher Awards Reward excellence in 1. Natural and Life Sciences; 2. Management and Social Sciences; 3. Engineering Sciences 1st prize £400; 2nd prize £300; 3rd prize £200; honourable mentions  - amazon voucher.
European Young Chemist Award To showcase and recognize the excellent research being carried out by young scientists working in the chemical sciences Gold medal – 1800 Euro; silver medal 800 euro.
IUPAC Solvay International Award for Young Chemists Best PhD theses in the chemical sciences, described in 1000 word essays 5 prizes of $1000 each, travel expenses to IUPAC World Chemistry Congress plus poster presentation.
BFWG Scholarships BFWG Scholarships (Academic Awards) are awarded in competition on the basis of overall academic excellence. They are not intended to meet financial need. 6-10 awards annually. Amounts offered in awards range upwards from £1000 with the average award being around £3000 and the maximum being £6000.
RSC Awards    
Energy Sector PhD Thesis Award Best PhD thesis in the field of Chemistry for the Energy Sector £500
Inorganic Biochemistry Discussion Group Young Investigators Award Outstanding contributions to any area of biological inorganic chemistry or inorganic biochemistry £250 and lecture at IBDG sponsored meeting the following year
JEOL Student award ESR in biological systems or in chemistry 20 minute talk in a competition which has a monetary prize and medal
Jon Weaver PhD award Outstanding ability in the field of polymer science Certificate and prize lecture
Polymer Physics Group award for best student publication Publication in a journal on a topic of relevance to polymer physics Monetary award plus lecture at the next Polymer Physics Group Biennial Meeting
Ronald Belcher Award Work on an analytical topic £500 plus certificate and lecture


In some cases, it is not clear if the Awards are still being given and enquiries have been made regarding this.  Students with any suggestions as to other awards which our graduates can apply for should e-mail Alice Wood with the details/link and this will then be added to our pages.

*Students do not need to apply to be considered for one of these Awards: this will be automatic from 1st January 2017, unless the student does not wish to be considered, in which case they should e-mail our Graduate Student Co-ordinator and ask not to be.