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PRIZES

ISAAC offers a range of prizes. Prizes include a certificate and cash award, which are announced at triennial "Oxford" General Meetings. Awardees will be notified before the meeting and will be invited to present a talk during the "Oxford" meeting in which they are aware their prize.

 

Prizes are reviewed and selected by a committee composed of ISAAC Full Members and Fellows. Prizes have strict eligibility requirements, so please ensure you fit these before applying. You can read them at the bottom of this page.

Prize Categories

Four (4) prizes are available every triennium at “Oxford” Meetings, covering four different areas:

  1. Most outstanding Doctoral thesis/dissertation;

  2. Outstanding contributions to public perception and understanding of cultural astronomy,

  3. Outstanding piece of refereed research that makes a significant contribution to cultural astronomy, and

  4. A lifetime service award for senior members who have made outstanding contributions to cultural astronomy.

You will be required to acknowledge that you have read the nomination rules before submitting your nomination. You can read them at the bottom of this page.

  • Newgrange Prize

 

This is awarded to the best doctoral thesis/dissertation that sheds a new light on the study of cultural astronomy, named for the Neolithic burial mound in Ireland that fills with sunlight on the mid-winter solstice. Open to all members.

Please include the following documents in your submission:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation by ISAAC members (Full or Fellow),

  2. A copy of the examiner reports, and

  3. A copy of the transcript or award letter for the degree (showing final marks, if available).

  • Matariki Prize

 

Awarded for outstanding contributions to the public promotion, education, and profile of cultural astronomy, named after the Maori (New Zealand) festival of the New Year marked by the heliacal rising of the Pleiades. Open to all members.

Please include the following documents in your submission:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation by ISAAC members (Full or Fellow),and

  2. A copy or description description of the body of work/outreach.

  3. A letter describing why it is worthy of the award.

  • Antikythera Prize

 

Awarded for a top-quality piece of peer-reviewed research that makes an outstanding contribution to the study of cultural astronomy. Named for the 2,000 year old computational device that revolutionized our understanding of Greek astronomy. Open to all members.

Please include the following documents in your submission:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation by ISAAC members (Full or Fellow),and

  2. A copy of the nominated research.

  3. A letter describing why it is worthy of the award.

  • Chankillo Prize

 

Awarded to senior members for lifetime service to the study of cultural astronomy, named after the thirteen towers of Chankillo in Peru, which mark the position of the setting sun throughout the year. Open to Fellows only.

Deadline

 

All nominations must be submitted to the committee chair 90 days before the start of the Oxford meeting. Theses must be final accepted versions with all final corrections made. Theses must have been approved by the deadline, but the degree does not have to be conferred by that date.

Eligibility

  • Only financially current Members of ISAAC can submit or be nominated for prizes;

  • Members may only submit one nomination for each category;

  • Full Members and Fellows may only nominate one (1) thesis or dissertation for the Newgrange Prize;

  • Prize committee members who have supervised or published with a student nominated for the Newgrange Prize, or served as a co-author on research nominated for the Antikythera Prize are ineligible to vote on the prize. There must be no clear conflict of interest, including by relationship (spouse, relative, etc);

  • For the Newgrange Prize, nominated theses/dissertations must have been completed (approved) within four (4) years of the deadline. The thesis/dissertation must have been approved/accepted before the prize nomination application can be submitted, even if the degree has not yet been conferred.

  • If no suitable nomination has been made, or the committee does not deem the nominations to be worthy of a prize, the committee can decide to not award the prize.