Applications open for 2020

Applications for 2020 are now open.

The deadline for applications is 17.00 on Thursday 5 March.

To apply please send a PDF of the below items to Professor João Cabral

  • Your Curriculum Vitae, specifying the date your PhD was awarded;
  • A copy of your most significant journal article describing research conducted during your employment at the Department;
  • A supporting statement (up to 1 A4 page) that comments on your role in and impact of the research described in the above paper. Additionally, the statement can discuss elements of career progression, such as (but not limited to) involvement in teaching or other professional activities, conference participation, and outreach;
  • A complete list of peer-reviewed publications 

Details of the award

Instituted in 2014, the annual Sir William Wakeham award recognises early career researchers (no more than 5 years of postdoctoral research experience, excluding career breaks) who have made a significant contribution to their research field and have advanced their professional development. There is a £2000 prize associated with the award and the winner is also invited give a presentation at the annual postdoctoral symposium.

Sir William Wakeham is a visiting professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London.  He first joined the Department as a lecturer in 1971, and was Head of the Department from 1988 until 1996, when he became Deputy Rector of the College. From 2001 to 2009 he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Chemical Engineering and to Higher Education.


Past winners


Winners: Dr Tao Li and Dr Lisa Joss


Winners: Dr Petr Yatsyshin and Dr Robert Woodward

Highly comended: Dr Anna Hankin

Read an interview with the 2017 winners: Recognising outstanding early career researchers


Winners:  Dr Agi Talbot-Brandt and Dr Patrizia Marchetti

Highly commended: Dr Sheila Samsatli

Read an interview with the 2016 winners: Sir William Wakeham Award 2016 winners Patrizia Marchetti and Agi Brandt-Talbot.


Winner: Dr James Kimber (Read an interview with Dr James Kimber)
Highly commended: Dr Patrizia Marchetti


Winners: Dr Natasha Shirshova and Dr Ivan Zadrazil
Special commendation: Dr Ludmila Peeva, Dr Andrew Haslam and Dr Zhentao Wu
(*Note the 2014 award was not limited to postdocs with under 5 years' postdoc experience.)