Each year the RAS recognises the best PhD theses in astronomy and geophysics completed in the UK. The deadline to nominate theses completed during 2015 is 31 January 2016.
Two prizes are available: one for astronomy, and one for geophysics. The winners receive £1000 and an invitation to present the results of their thesis at a meeting of the RAS. The runners up will receive £50 book tokens. The prizes are sponsored by Oxford University Press, who also publish the RAS journals.
Nominees must have completed their PhD (viva held and all corrections completed) at a UK university during 2015. For more details and to submit a nomination, see the pages on each prize:
- The Michael Penston prize, for theses in astronomy and astrophysics, including cosmology, astrobiology etc.
- The Keith Runcorn prize, for theses in geophysics, including seismology, solar physics, planetary science etc.
Application details here.