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The HEAD Mid-Career Prize

The HEAD Mid-Career Prize is awarded approximately every 18 months for a significant advance or accomplishment (observational or theoretical) in High Energy Astrophysics by an individual astrophysicist within fifteen 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 within the past five years, and originally published within fifteen years of the nominee receiving their PhD. Allowance will be made for time off because of maternity/paternity leave or other valid gaps. 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 2021 Mid-Career Prize Winner: Anna Watts

The 2021 Mid-Career Prize has been awarded to Anna Watts, "for her trailblazing work in the understanding of neutron star fluid dynamics, and developing and applying rigorous inference to obtain observational constraints on dense matter".  Please see the HEAD press release for more information.

The List of Awardees


The Nomination Process

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 headsec@aas.org. A nomination should include:

  • a cover letter
  • The nomination statement listing the specific paper(s) for consideration, with publication dates and other blibliographic 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.