Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences

The Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences is awarded on a biennial basis to an individual scientist who has made significant and creative contributions, particularly those of a fundamental nature, to any of the disciplines of molecular sciences. The awardee's research activities may cover theoretical and/or experimental aspects of studies in all phases of matter and biological systems.


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Application process

Every two years a call for nominations will be sent out. Nominations for the Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences should consist of a covering letter with a statement of the contributions made (max 2 pages), a brief biographical sketch, and a list of no more than 15 publications. The covering letter should include a citation describing succinctly the contribution(s) of the person nominated. Up to three supporting letters of reference may accompany the nomination.

Nominations are welcomed from all nationalities and should be written in the English language. Self-nominations are not permitted and those involved in the selection process are not eligible to win the Prize. A voting committee totaling 11 individuals composed of authorities, with a representative geographical division, and a good mix of subject knowledge, will rate the nominations.


The award consists of a monetary amount, a gold medal and a certificate. An awards ceremony takes place at the Ahmed Zewail Prize Award Symposium every two years, where the award winner will be requested to deliver a lecture and invite 3 - 4 colleagues to each deliver a supporting lecture covering their work in a related field.