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2021 Founders' Award

The Founders' Award is an annual award for UK based postgraduate student working in the area of micro or mesoporous science. It aims to celebrate the best/most promising postgraduate scientist of the year. The Award will be presented each year at the BZA Annual Meeting and has been devised in honour of the late Professor Lovat Rees, one of the founding members of the British Zeolite Association and one of the father figures of British zeolite science.

The Award consists of a trophy. A scientific committee consisting of both academic and industrial scientists will assess each application. In the event of a draw between candidates, the assessors may use a short online interview to determine the overall winner. The award will be announced prior to the FEZA2021 Virtual ( to allow the winner a reasonable amount of time to arrange their attendance at the conference to receive their award and give a talk.


  •  The candidate must hold, or be studying for a postgraduate degree in a recognised UK institution and clearly working in the area of ordered micro and/or mesoporous materials. 
  •  Eligible candidates must have had their viva no more than 12 months prior to the deadline. The CV must contain the date of the viva if applicable. NOTE: As we did not make an award in 2020, we have extended the eligibility criteria. For the 2021 Founders' Award, eligible candidates must have had their viva no more than 24 months prior to the deadline.
  •  The application must contain:
   a. a one-page summary of the research conducted during the PhD.
   b. a CV containing a list of papers, patent applications, presentations, posters, awards, outreach activities and any other relevant information.
   c. a nomination statement by the supervisor or another person familiar with the PhD work of the candidate.
  •  Only complete submissions received before the deadline will be considered.

The deadline for submission for the 2021 Award is the 30 April 2021

E-mail nominations and research summaries to: The BZA Secretary, Prof Craig Williams. Please use the Subject Line "BZA Founders Award" followed by the family name / surname of the nominee.