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 field of physics and closely related disciplines, to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is now open.

The meeting will be held from 30 June — 5 July 2019 on the island of Lindau, situated on Lake Constance in south Germany. Approximately 30 Nobel Laureates and up to 600 highly-talented young scientists are expected to take part. Further information is available at

Selection process

The Irish Research Council, as a strategic partner with the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, runs a national selection process. Eligible higher education institutions may nominate up to three researchers at postgraduate and/or postdoctoral level who will be considered by the Council’s panel of international assessors.

A maximum of five shortlisted candidates will 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 attend. Taking into account the national selection procedures worldwide, in excess of 20,000 young researchers apply to attend each meeting.

Irish Research Council nominees who are successful in the international selection process and receive an invitation to the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will receive an award which comprises a commemorative token and €500 to cover their travel expenses for attending the meeting.

How to apply

Applications are welcomed from postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the field of physics and closely related disciplines. Those interested in applying should be nominated by their higher education institution.

Eligible higher education institutions may nominate up to three researchers. Every nomination must consist of:

  • the nominee’s curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of motivation from the nominee (half page in length) which should explain briefly why they think that participation would be beneficial to them, their research, career and host organisation;
  • a letter of recommendation (one page in length) 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. This letter should 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; and
  • a letter of endorsement from the host organisation, signed by their president and specific to the nominee applying.

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

Call open22 August 2018
Final day for institutions to nominate researchers4pm (Irish time) 3 October 2018
Final day for shortlisted researchers to upload their fully completed applications to their online Lindau profiles6 November 2018
Candidates notified of the outcomeMarch 2019
69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting30 June — 5 July 2019

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