Nominations welcome for the Caroline Herschel Medal and Prize


The Caroline Herschel Medal celebrates the longstanding scientific cooperation between Germany and the United Kingdom. Administered by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in collaboration with the German Astronomical Society (Astronomische Gesellschaft, AG), the medal will be given in alternate years to researchers based in the UK and Germany, with an accompanying prize fund of £10,000 which has been generously funded by the UK Government in honour of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The first award in 2022 will go to a woman researcher based in Germany and the award ceremony is expected to take place in the second week of March. 

The Medal is awarded to an established researcher for their outstanding contribution to the field of Astrophysics (which may be for research or more broadly in a leadership capacity). Only women may apply and we welcome self-nominations.

The nominations will be judged by a panel comprising representatives from the two Societies. This year’s panel will be chaired by Professor Carole Mundell who holds the Hiroko Sherwin Chair in Extragalactic Astronomy at the University of Bath. 

The nomination should include:

  • A full CV
  • A short list of key refereed publications (up to five, preferably with citation data)
  • The names of two referees
  • The nomination (minimum length 300 words, maximum length 600 words. Nominations should be written in English) The nomination should address how the nominee fulfils the criteria of the Award. Successful nominations argue a strong case for why the nominee deserves the award over and above one of their peers working in the same area. It is helpful if the nomination is phrased in such a way that extracts from it can be used in the formal recommendation of the Committee. The nomination should also include the nominee's present career stage and the nominee's present post. Please include a brief statement on how the prize will be used.

Please complete the form online here. The deadline for nominations is Monday, December 20th.



Prof. Dr. Michael Kramer
President German Astronomical Society

Dr. Janine Fohlmeister
Press officer German Astronomical Society

Nush Cole
RAS Awards and Grants Officer


Image: Caroline Herschel 1829, oil painting by Melchior Gommar Tieleman