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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.  The HEAD covers up to $1500 of the awardee’s travel expenses  (transportation and lodging) to attend the meeting. 

The 2024 Early Career Prize Winner: Yuanyuan Su

The 2024 HEAD Early-Career Prize is awarded to Dr. Yuanyuan Su for innovative contributions in understanding baryon physics in galaxy groups and clusters.  Please see the press release for more information.

The List of Awardees

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. 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.

Nominations should be submitted using the Early Career Prize nomination form.

Please note that nominations are not held over; nominations need to be re-submitted  for consideration in the next award cycle, 


The current deadline for nominations is October 15, 2024.