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IOP APP Early Career Prize

Nominees are early career researchers who:

  • work in the area of astroparticle physics (both experiment and theory) 
  • work in any institution in the UK and Ireland 
  • have five years or less postdoctoral experience (allowing for career breaks)

This prize is awarded by the Astroparticle Physics Group (APP) on odd years. The prize is £250 and a certificate.


  • Two nominators are required. At least one should be from an institution that is not the nominee’s current employer.
  • Nominations must include three papers that the nominee has worked on in the preceding two years. You can send us printed articles or URLs to web pages.
  • The papers must have been published, or accepted for publication, in a peer-reviewed or peer-refereed journal.

How to enter

We are not currently accepting applications for this prize. Should you have any questions regarding the prize, please email the APP prize committee chair Dr Theresa Fruth: [email protected].



A headshot of physicist Gavin Lamb of the University of Leicester

Gavin Lamb from the University of Leicester for contributions on multi-messenger astronomy including electromagnetic radiation and gravitational waves.


Theresa Fruth

Theresa Fruth from the University of Oxford for contributions on commissioning work of the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment.


Christopher Berry

Christopher Berry from the University of Birmingham for contributions to understanding the first gravitational-wave observations of binary black holes.


Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis from Durham University for contributions to the understanding of the phenomenology and detection of dark matter.


Paul Scovell

Paul Scovell from the University of Oxford for contributions to astroparticle physics and in particular to the direct search for dark matter.


Christian Aaen  Diget

Christian Aaen Diget from the University of York for contributions to astroparticle physics and in particular to studies of nuclear astrophysics.


Chamkaur Ghag

Chamkaur Ghag from the University of Edinburgh for contributions to the ZEPLIN and DRIFT collaboration searches for dark matter that are taking place in the Boulby Mine, as well as other contributions to scientific research.