ICTP-SAIFR Prize in Classical Gravity and Applications


To stimulate the growth of a Latin-American community in the rapidly evolving research areas related to gravitational wave observations, ICTP-SAIFR is pleased to announce an annual competition for the ICTP-SAIFR Prize in Classical Gravity and Applications.

This prize recognizes doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in the area of classical gravity and its applications in gravitational wave physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The annual award consists of $1000 Brazilian reais, a certificate, and travel and local expenses to present an invited talk at the annual ICTP-SAIFR Workshop on Classical Gravity and Applications.

Nominations (normally by the thesis advisor) will be accepted for any doctoral student (present or past) in any country in Latin America for work performed as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree. Nominees must have passed their thesis defense not more than 18 months before the nomination deadline of April 30 (i.e. defended their thesis after October 31, 2019 and before April 30, 2021). An individual can be nominated only once; however, an unsuccessful candidate will be carried over for one year.

Nominated candidates will be evaluated by an international committee including Vitor Cardoso (CENTRA/IST, U. Lisboa), Rodrigo Fernandez (U. Alberta), Walter Goldberger (Yale U.), Gabriela Gonzalez (Louisiana State U.), Luis Lehner (Perimeter I.) and Marcelle Soares-Santos (U. Michigan).


Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

The nomination package should be sent by the nominator to gravityprize@ictp-saifr.org and include:

    1. Recommendation letter from nominator (normally the thesis advisor), detailing the contributions of the nominee.

    2. The thesis manuscript in PDF format in either english, portuguese or spanish.

    3. A thesis summary of 2 pages in english prepared by the nominee.

    4. Two additional letters of support, at least one from outside the nominee’s institution

    5. Nominee’s CV


Any questions on the prize should be sent to gravityprize@ictp-saifr.org