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Tom Cavalier-Smith Prize

The Tom Cavalier-Smith prize recognizes contributions to evolutionary protistology, or related fields (e.g. protist biology, diversity or ecology), by early career researchers.

Candidates should be advanced PhD students or junior postdocs (up to 3 years post-PhD), and ISEP members. They can be nominated by a senior scientist but self-nominations are also possible. Nominees should answer a few questions on their motivation. Nomination and nominee forms are available below.

Recipients of the TCS prize will be invited to give a lecture in the next ISEP meeting.

Filled forms must be sent to


Schedule for the TCS award – edition 2024

  • Open call for nominations – November 10, 2023
  • Deadline for nominations – January 15, 2024
  • TCS prize decision – mid February, 2024
  • The TCS prize award and invited lecture by recipient will take place at the joint PSA-ISOP-ISEP meeting in Seattle, July 2024


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