Annual Sam Edwards PhD Thesis Prize: Theory of Condensed Matter Group

Applications for the prize from across the entire spectrum of theoretical condensed matter physics are encouraged.


Please note: the submission deadline for the 2021 prize is 30 April 2021.

Applications for the 2021 prize are encouraged across the entire spectrum of theoretical condensed matter physics.

Entry is open to all students:

  • from an institution in the UK or Ireland
  • whose PhD examination has taken place between 1 January 2020 and up to the deadline for submissions


Submissions for future prizes should include:

  • a four-page (A4) summary by you on the key research findings in the thesis
  • a one-page (A4) citation from your PhD supervisor telling us:
    • that you passed
    • the confirmation date of the PhD exam
    • if the thesis has also been submitted to another IOP group for a PhD thesis prize
  • a one-page (A4) confidential report from the external examiner of the PhD thesis

Submission documents should preferably be PDFs.

When a similar thesis prize is offered by another IOP group, for example, the Computational Physics Group, we liaise across groups so that our prizes are not awarded to the same applicant.

We announce the prize at our annual Theory Day.

Email Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja ([email protected]) for details and deadlines, with the subject header ‘IOP TCM Thesis Prize’.





  • First prize: Arnold Mathijssen, University of Oxford. For Hydrodynamics of Micro-Swimmers in Complex Fluids and Environments
  • Joint second prize: Flaviu Cipcigan, University of Edinburgh. For An Electronically Coarse Grained Molecular Model of Water
  • Joint second prize: Sarah Morgan, University of Cambridge. For Ultrafast Quantum Effects and Vibrational Dynamics in Organic and Biological Systems