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Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture

This award is made to support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Rosalind Franklin

The award

The award is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is named in honour of the biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA. The first award was made in 2003.

The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a grant of £30,000. The recipient of the award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM in their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.


The call for nominations has now closed. Nominations for the 2017 award will open on 30 November 2016.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Rosalind Franklin Award Committee.

There are no restrictions on the age of nominees, though it is anticipated that the award will be made to an individual in mid-career, with a maximum of 20 years post PhD or equivalent.  Please see the terms and conditions of this award. The winner is also called upon to deliver a lecture at the Society.

Past winners

Professor Lucy Carpenter was awarded the 2015 Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture for her scientific achievement, her suitability as a role model and her project proposal to promote women in STEM. 

See full list of all past winners of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture