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 either the external examiner or supervisor.


  • 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. Either the supervisor or the external examiner can nominate the candidate. The abstract and title of the thesis should be sent to Sonia Mills at together with the letter of support.

The letter should include:

1.       A statement to the effect that the candidate is being recommended for the award of a PhD with no more than minor corrections.

2.       A brief summary of the area of research.

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

·         The originality and novelty of the candidate’s aerosol research;

·         The candidate’s critical ability;

·         The extent to which the thesis contains material which is suitable for publication (or has been published) in well-regarded journals;

·         The candidate’s enthusiasm for aerosol science.

Nominations can be submitted at any time, but must be submitted prior to the 15th September. The intention is that the successful nominee will be informed of their success by the 15th October and that the prize will be announced at the Annual Aerosol Science Conference (usually in early Nov). Ideally we would like to publically award the prize in person at the AASC, but understand that this will not always be possible.

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.

Previous Award Winners

Aleksandra Marsh - University of Bristol