Doctoral Thesis Prize

Deadline: 15th September 2019


Rewarding excellence in doctoral research is an important route to recognising the achievements of early career scientists.

The Aerosol Society will award the annual Aerosol Society Doctoral Thesis Prize for an outstanding body of original aerosol-related research.

Candidates for this award must have successfully completed their doctorate and nominations must be supported by a letter from both the external examiner and also the supervisor.

We are currently updating and enhancing our awards packages which will be published in March 2019 with new application deadlines. Please check here or your member newsletter for updates.



  • Candidates are required to be a current member of the Aerosol Society.
  • Candidates must have successfully completed their viva for a doctorate degree within a period one year prior to the deadline, with their thesis requiring only minor corrections or no corrections, at a University in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
  • The candidate’s research should fall into the broad area of Aerosol Science.

The nomination process

After the successful completion of a viva, a candidate can be nominated for this award on the basis of an outstanding body of original research presented in their thesis.

The external examiner should nominate the candidate (including title, name, email address & affiliation), but letters of support are required from both the external examiner and supervisor. 

The abstract and title of the thesis should be sent to Sonia Mills at together with letters of support from both the external examiner and supervisor.

The letters should include:

  • A statement to the effect that the candidate is being recommended for the award of a PhD with no more than minor corrections (External examiner letter only).
  • A brief summary of the area of research.

In addition, the letter should address the following criteria, providing a score (1-10, 10 being the highest) together with a written justification:

  • The originality of the work, giving examples;
  • The candidate’s independent critical ability, with evidence;
  • The extent to which the thesis contains material which is suitable for publication (or has been published) in high profile journals;
  • The overall written style and how well the candidate drew together material from different chapters to make novel conclusions and propose future study;
  • The candidate’s performance in the oral viva.

Nominations must be submitted prior to the end of Friday 15th September 2018.

The successful candidate will be informed of the outcome by Monday 15th October 2018.

Terms and conditions

  • The successful candidate will be awarded £500 payable by BACS transfer.
  • Only one candidate can be nominated by each supervisor and external examiner.
  • The recipient of the prize will be announced on the Aerosol Society website, newsletter and social media pages and is required to submit a member profile for publication on request.
  • In addition, where practical, recipients will be invited to present their research, either as an oral or poster presentation, at an Aerosol Society conference.
  • The title and abstract of the thesis may be shared via Aerosol Society publications unless the nominee/supervisor requests otherwise.