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Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize

nanotransistors based on carbon nanotubes and nanoribbons
Nanotransistors based on carbon nanotubes and nanoribbons

Nominations now open

The call for nominations is now open. There is a new nomination system in place and so please ensure you read through the guidance document fully. 

This year, the Society is encouraging nominations of joint collaborations, groups or teams for almost all its medals to better represent how contemporary science is undertaken. In addition, the Society is extremely keen to broaden the diversity of those nominated for its awards, so do please consider all contacts and colleagues.  

You do not have to be a Fellow of the Royal Society to nominate or be nominated for any of the Royal Society medals and awards.

Nominations close on Friday 24 February 2023 at 3pm GMT.

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Rising Star Africa Prize 2022 winner

Khalil TamersitKhalil Tamersit

The Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize 2022 is awarded to Dr Khalil Tamersit for his work on high-performance nanoelectronic devices, and his innovative research proposal. Dr Tamersit will be invited to the Royal Society later this year to lead a talk on his work and research proposal. 

The award

The Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize is to recognise early-career research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences. The prize was established in memory of Paul O’Brien FRS and his work encouraging excellence in science and education in Africa. Winners will receive a grant of £14,000 to support their research and a personal gift of £1,000.


The Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize is open to African citizens. It is restricted to early career scientists with no more than 15 years since achieving their PhD (not including career breaks) and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles.

The terms and conditions of the Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize (PDF) should be read before submitting a nomination.


Nominations are now open. 

Past winners 

Dr Nowsheen Goonoo will be awarded the Royal Society Rising Star Africa Prize 2021 for her work on the fabrication, characterisation and application of biominerals, and her innovative resarch proposal.


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