Reaxys PhD Prize 2014

March 06, 2014 - The Reaxys PhD Prize is now closed to entries and all the submissions we have received are currently in their first stage of review.


Once again we were delighted with the numbers and quality of submissions with nearly 550 being received from 360 different universities from all parts of the world. We are also pleased to see a healthy balance of submissions from the various subdisciplines of chemistry with 36% coming from organic chemistry, 31% from inorganic chemistry and materials and 33% from organometallics and other areas.


The review process is now in full swing but, given the large numbers of submissions we need to review, it will take a couple of months for us to complete the process. Therefore we expect to see the announcement of the finalists and winners at the end of May and early June respectively.



The Reaxys PhD Prize is awarded for original and innovative research in synthetic chemistry, which demonstrates excellence in methodology and approach by a candidate currently studying for a PhD or having completed a PhD after January 1, 2013. Each year submissions are reviewed by leading experts in their fields to select 45 finalists. From these, 3 winners are then chosen to receive the main prize.


  • $2000 prize money for each of the 3 Prize Winners
  • Invitation to the 2014 Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference for the Winners and Finalists (includes free registration, 4* hotel accommodation and travel bursaries)
  • Membership of the prestigious Reaxys Prize Club for winners and finalists only

Now in its 5th year, the Reaxys PhD Prize has already become the world’s most important prize for Chemistry PhD Students. To-date, over 1700 applications have been received from well over 400 universities from across the globe.


The review and decision process is managed by six coordinators:

Prof A.G.M. Barrett

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

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Prof M. Jansen

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany

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Prof E. Nakamura

University of Tokyo


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Prof G. Parkin

Columbia University

United States

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Prof B. M. Trost

Stanford University

United States

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Prof H. N. C. Wong

Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

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What are the review and selection criteria? Finalists & Winners
  • Originality, innovation
  • Importance to the field
  • Applicability
  • Rigor of the approach and methodology
  • Publication quality and clarity of the article
  • Evidence of systematic and relevant background research of the literature
  • Supporting evidence (i.e. letter of recommendation and publication list)
  • Finalists will be announced in late May 2014, and winners in early June 2014.
  • All finalists and winners will be invited to present their research at the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium and Poster Session
  • The 2014 Reaxys Prize Symposium and Poster session will take place at the 2014 Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference, held in Grindelwald, Switzerland, September 21 - 24 2014.

Rules & Submission Requirements


  • The Reaxys PhD Prize is open to students currently studying for a PhD or who have completed their PhD after Jan 1 2013
  • Consideration may be given to all areas of chemistry, however there is a special focus on all areas of synthetic chemistry e.g. organic, inorganic, organometallic, coordination, medicinal, materials and polymer chemistry
  • Applications from only one candidate per research group can be accepted.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by the end of Friday February 14 2014 *
  • Applications must consist of:
    • An example of an accepted peer-reviewed article which primarily showcases the work of the candidate.
    • A letter of recommendation from the candidate's PhD Supervisor.
      • The letter should provide an overview of the candidate and detail their achievements during the PhD studies.
      • It should also describe their overall role in the research of the project and highlight their specific contribution to the paper submitted for consideration.
    • The Candidate’s C.V. (resumé)
  • All applications must be made via our website *
    • Supervisors may submit their recommendation letter directly via email but all materials in support of a candidate’s application must be received by the end of Friday February 14 2014
    • No changes to the submissions will be accepted after Friday February 14 2014


* By submitting your application you agree with the Reaxys PhD Prize Terms & Conditions