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European Nuclear Society Call for 2023 PhD Award nominees

Following the success of previous editions of the ENS PhD Award, the European Nuclear Society as a Learned Society, organizes its annual Award to recognize an outstanding PhD thesis work. The ENS High Scientific Council (HSC) acts as the Selection Committee for this prestigious Award.

The Nuclear Institute is the UK Member of the European Nuclear Society and as such nominates the UK candidate for this prestigious award. UK candidates will be assessed by a NI team headed by Professor Laurence G Williams OBE FREng and the successful candidate will become the UK Nominee for the HSC PhD award. A UK nominee has won the award in recent years and this year the UK nominee finished a close second.

You are invited to nominate a candidate for 2023 competition.


  1. The competition is open for candidates, who have obtained a PhD in the field of nuclear science and engineering from a UK University.
  2. Only for candidates, who obtained a PhD degree after April 2020 are eligible for the competition.


Documents to be provided (in English)

  • CV, including a contact email and phone number of the candidate.
  • A copy of the Ph.D. Diploma/Certificate showing the date it was awarded.
  • A recommendation letter from the person who is nominating the candidate. The letter should introduce the PhD work and highlight its significance in the research field, its originality, its importance and the impact of the results of the PhD.
  • An extended summary of the PhD thesis.
  • A copy of any accepted publication directly related to the candidate’s PhD studies.


Process and deadlines

Nominations open from 30th November 2022 with deadline of 31st January 2023.

  • Nominations should be sent to Professor Laurence G Williams OBE FREng via and copied to
  • The NI will submit successful UK candidate to the HSC on the 28 February 2023.
  • In April 2023 the HSC will select four shortlisted candidates.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be informed by 30 April 2023.
  • In October 2023 the four shortlisted candidates will present their PhD thesis’ results to the HSC in Brussels, Belgium. The HSC will apply commonly accepted selection criteria in the selection process.


Note: candidates are expected to personally attend the audition in Brussels; the NI will support the travel expenses of the UK candidate should they make it to the last four.


The winner of the prestigious ENS HSC PhD Award will be offered a publication in the Open Access Journal EPJ-N and a prize money of €2000.

An Award ceremony will be organised in conjunction with an ENS Member Society conference.