Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Awards

The Irish Research Council is pleased to announce that the call for the nomination of Irish-based researchers, working in the fields of physiology and medicine, to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is now open.

The meeting will be held from 24–29 June 2018 on the island of Lindau, situated on Lake Constance in south Germany. Roughly 30 Nobel Laureates and 600 international young scientists are expected to take part. Further information is available at

The Irish Research Council, as a strategic partner with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, runs a national selection process whereby eligible institutions may nominate up to three researchers at postgraduate and/or postdoctoral level to attend the meeting who are then shortlisted by our panel of international assessors.

A maximum of five shortlisted candidates will then be nominated to the international selection process, which is conducted by the Lindau Review Panel. This panel makes the final selection from up to 1,500 profiles for every meeting before finally choosing the top applicants who will receive an invitation to the meeting.

Irish Research Council nominees who are successful in the international selection process and who receive an invitation to the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will receive an award which comprises a commemorative token and €500 to cover their travel expenses for attending the meeting.

Selection process

Researchers falling under the selection criteria as detailed below who are interested in applying should be nominated by their higher education institution. The closing date for nominations is 9am (Irish time) on 20 October 2017.


How to apply

Eligible institutions may nominate up to three researchers at postgraduate and/or postdoctoral level. The submission of a nomination must consist of the following:

  • A nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • A statement of motivation: this should explain briefly why the nominee thinks that participation would be beneficial to them, their research, career and host organisation. At most, the statement should be half a page in length.
  • A letter of recommendation: this should be from a highly qualified scientist who is either in a supervisory role for the nominee’s project; or who may be well acquainted with their work; or who is a leading scholar in the field and is sufficiently knowledgeable about them. At most, this letter should be one page in length and contain the formal letterhead of the organisation of the person signing the letter. Please ensure that the letter of recommendation is specific to the nominee.
  • A letter of endorsement: this should be from the eligible institution, signed by the institution’s President, and specific to the nominee applying.

Submissions should be made by higher education institutions in soft copy via email to

Call open2 October 2017
Final day for institutions to nominate researchers9am (Irish time) 20 October 2017
Candidates are notified of the outcomeMarch 2018
68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting24-29 June 2018

His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, is patron of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Fellow Award.