Symeres PhD Prize for Excellence in Chemistry in Life Sciences Research

2nd Symeres PhD Prize for Excellence in Chemistry in Life Sciences Research - Call for Application

The "Symeres PhD Prize for Excellence in Chemistry in Life Sciences Research" is an EFMC-YSN Partner Prize given annually, with the aim to recognise outstanding research in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology, executed by early career researchers during their thesis work. 

Upon application, the submissions will be peer reviewed and the 5 best candidates will be invited to the Symeres facilities in Nijmegen, The Netherlands to present their work. The prizes will consist of a diploma and a cash prize of 1000€ for the winner, 600€ for the runner-up and 400€ for the third place. The winner will also be invited to deliver an oral communication at the EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists' Symposium (EFMC-YMCS). 

The 2024 winner will also receive a free registration and a 500€ travel grant to attend both the XXVIII EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2024) and the 11th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists' Symposium (EFMC-YMCS 2024) which will take place in Rome, Italy on September 1-5 & September 5-6, 2024.

Who can apply? 
  • PhD students (up to 12 months before the end of PhD and up to three years after PhD) in medicinal chemistry or chemical biology. 
  • Applicants should be European residents, having received or being currently enrolled in a PhD from a European university.
Review Criteria 
  • CV
  • Abstract of the oral communication to be presented at the EFMC-YMCS 2024
  • Summary of PhD work (maximum 3 pages) 
    • Introduction of Project – what was the goal?
    • Key Results Obtained – what was achieved? 
    • Future Prospects – What would the candidate do next? 

How to apply?


  • Submission deadline: March 20, 2024
  • 5 Best Candidates announced by the end of April 2024
  • Presentations and visit of the Symeres Facilities: July 9, 2024 
  • Oral Communication at the EFMC-YMCS 2024 on September 5-6, 2024

1st Symeres PhD Prize for Excellence in Chemistry in Life Sciences Research - Awardees Announced!

The jury proudly announces the awardees:

  • 1st Place: Jan Gabriel Felber, LMU Munich, Germany
  • 2nd Place: Zhangping Xiao, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • 3rd Place: Vanesa Nozal Garcia, University of Antwerp, Belgium

The committee would also like to congratulate the other contestants, whose presentations were of a very high level, making the final selection difficult.

Prize Sponsor

    This Prize has been established with the support of Symeres.