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The HEAD Early Career Prize


The HEAD Early Career Prize is awarded for a significant advance or accomplishment (observational or theoretical) in High Energy Astrophysics by an individual astrophysicist within 10 years of receiving their PhD. The prize is selected and administered by the AAS HEAD Executive Committee. The cited body of work should be published in a refereed journal.  Allowance will be made for time off due to circumstances including but not limited to family leave. The prize will amount to $1500 with corrections every 5 years for inflation. The winner will give an invited talk at the Divisional Meeting in the award year. Travel expenses will be paid. 

The Nomination Process

Those who have received their degree within 10 years prior to the HEAD meeting date are eligible for the prize. The due date for nomination materials to be submitted to the HEAD Secretary will be approximately six months before the HEAD division meeting. Materials should be submitted via email to the HEAD Secretary at A nomination should include:

  • A cover letter
  • The nomination statement listing the specific paper(s) for consideration, with publication dates and other bibliographic information.  The statement should specifically address the relevance of this work to high energy astrophysics. For paper(s) with multiple authors, the nomination statement should describe the nominee's specific contributions to the work.
  • The date of the nominee's PhD

Self nominations are allowed.


The current deadline for nominations is October 15, 2021.