The John S Archer Fund was established by a group of his former PhD students in honour of Prof. Archer, former Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Dean of the Royal School of Mines.

The John S Archer Award is for research excellence in petroleum geoscience and engineering and will be given to a PhD student in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering who has demonstrated excellence.

  • Rewarding research excellence in petroleum geoscience and engineering
  • Students in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year  (in exceptional circumstances, also 4th year students) will be considered
  • Full or part time PhD students are eligible

The value of the award is suggested at £5,000, though the value of the award may increase or decrease.

2019 Prize winner Felipe Huerta Perez with his certificate, standing with four members of the group who established the award
2019 Award winner Felipe Huerta Perez (centre) with members of the Group of Ten who established the Award

The winner of the 2019 Award was announced on 29 October 2019 at a Department reception, by Dr Ivor Ellul, a former colleague of Professor Archer and one of the group of ten who established the award in his name. 

Listen to an interview with Dr Ivor Ellul, on the occasion of the 2019 John S Archer Award


Past Award Winners

Congratulations to winners of the John S. Archer Award:

Felipe Huerta Perez - 2019
Lukas Mosser - 2018
Matthew Reeve - 2015
Chandra Taposeea - 2013
Rehab El Magraby - 2011
Ana Mijic - 2010
Potcharaporn (Yok) Pongthunya - 2009