More than a prize. A vision.

No other award will impact your development as a scientist like the Reaxys PhD Prize. Embedded in a program designed to boost your career and backed by an Advisory Board of internationally accomplished and authoritative chemists, the Reaxys PhD Prize is empowerment.

45 winners and finalists of the Reaxys PhD Prize are invited to:

  • Join a unique, international network of the brightest minds in all chemistry research areas and career paths; the Reaxys Prize Club
  • The Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Symposium and several other events sponsored by Reaxys and Elsevier.
  • Take advantage of personal and unlimited access to the rich content of Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry.

In addition the 3 winners receive a 2,000$ prize money each.

With application submissions from over 400 academic institutions worldwide, Reaxys PhD Prize is the most important international prize for young chemists.

So, who wins?
Winners of the Reaxys PhD Prize are talented PhD students conducting original and innovative research in synthetic chemistry with demonstrated excellence in methodology and approach. They are selected from 45 finalists by a panel of leading experts that reviews every submission.

Selection criteria include:

  • Originality, innovation
  • Importance to the field
  • Applicability
  • Rigor of approach and methodology
  • Quality and clarity of published work
  • Supporting evidence of accomplishments (i.e., supervisor’s letter of recommendation, publication list)

The review and decision process is managed by six coordinators:

Prof Tony Barrett - Imperial College, London, UK
Prof Dr Erick M. Carreira - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Prof Dr Martin Jansen - Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
Dr Alexander Mayweg - Roche, Basel, Switzerland
Dr Tommi Meulemans - Mercachem, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Prof Eiichi Nakamura - University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof Barry M. Trost - Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Prof Henry N. C. Wong - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


Do you qualify?

To submit an application, you must meet the following rules and requirements:

  • The Reaxys PhD Prize is open to students currently in a PhD program or who completed their PhD after January 1, 2014.
  • Consideration is given to all areas of chemistry, however focus is especially on areas of synthetic chemistry (e.g., organic, inorganic, organometallic, coordination, medical, materials, and polymer chemistry)
  • Applications from only one candidate per research group can be accepted.
  • Completed applications must be submitted via our website and must consist of:

      a. An example of an accepted, peer-reviewed article that primarily showcases your work.
      b. Your CV (resumé)
      c. A letter of recommendation from your PhD supervisor. The letter should include:

        i. An overview of your qualifications and details about your achievements during your PhD studies.
        ii. A description of your role in the research submitted, highlighting specifically your contribution to the paper included in the application.

Supervisors may submit their recommendation letter directly via email (, but all materials in support of your application must be received by February 16, 2015 end of day. Winners will be announced in June 2015.

No changes to submissions will be accepted after February 16, 2015.