Guidance and Forms

Guidance and Forms

All prizes

Nominations can only be made by Fellow(s) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The closing date for completed nominations is 28 November 2016.

Nominations will be considered for three years after which time a new nomination may be submitted.

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Details of previous winners can be found here.

Senior Prizes

The nomination form includes a one-page supporting statement which should include:-


Evidence of the nominee’s distinction nationally and internationally, for example, invitations to present lectures and papers to conferences and professional bodies, major committees or enquiries upon which the candidate serves or has served, and honours, medals, prizes which the nominee  has received.


The nominee’s standing in his/her discipline, for example, recent ground breaking publications, innovative research, academic leadership.


The nominee’s contribution to wider society by accessible dissemination of research and scholarship.


Evidence of the strength of the nominee's connection to Scotland

As a public lecture is required, nominees should be able to attract a wide audience as well as speak to specialists in his/her discipline.  He/she should be an effective communicator. A suggested lecture title must be provided.

A list of the nominee’s most recent publications (within the past two years) should accompany the nomination form and the most relevant publication to the potential lecture topic should be made clear.

A two page CV for the nominee must be provided with the nomination form.

If a nomination is supported by more than one Fellow then a brief statement confirming support and containing any additional information, which does not appear in the Supporting Statement, can be submitted by one or all of the additional proposers named on the form. These should be submitted with the nomination form.

The nominee must have a strong Scottish connection.

Early Career Prizes

The nomination form includes a one-page supporting statement which must indicate:-


what makes the individual worthy of the medal


the strength of the individual’s academic background


any other prizes and awards received


future career prospects (ie is he/she a potential high-flyer)


any presentations at, or involvement in, significant events or conferences


how many publications, if any, and indicate the most noteworthy


any impact activities eg commercialisation, knowledge exchange and public engagement

A two page CV for the nominee must be provided with the nomination form.

Two supporting references are required and the referees must be identified on the nomination form.  The referees must be independent of the candidate's own institution.  PhD supervisors and co-authors are not permitted to provide references.  Referees must be able to provide an objective assessment.  It is the proposer’s responsibility to ask the referees to send their supporting references to the RSE by the closing date.

The nominee should normally be resident in Scotland.


Senior Prize Nomination Form

Early Career Prize Nomination Form

Early Career Prize Referee Form


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