Olin J Eggen Research Award


The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) offers the Olin J Eggen Research Award to up to 3 outstanding RSAA PhD students.

Funding for this award is made possible by an endowment setup to commemorate the contributions of the late Professor Olin J Eggen. Professor Eggen, a native of Wisconsin, USA, was Director of Mt Stromlo Observatory from 1966 through 1977, a period that saw considerable growth and with it the foundation of the high international regard in which the Observatory (now the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics) is held.

Field of study

Astronomy and astrophysics


The award will be offered to an applicant who:

  • is and remains an international student;
  • is enrolled in the PhD program at RSAA and is working on a project in Astronomy & Astrophysics;

  • has completed all of the required milestones to the satisfaction of the Delegated Authority.

Any student meeting the above criteria will automatically be considered for the award


The Award will be offered for Excellence in Research in the previous one year period -1 July through 30 June - or part thereof during which the student was enrolled in the PhD program at RSAA.

The Selection Committee will consider the information provided in the Thesis Progress report (or Thesis Proposal) and Annual Progress Talk (or Proposal Talk) as well as assessing students based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and feasibility of the research;
  • Impact, or potential for impact, in the relevant research field;
  • Research achievements and accomplishments (e.g., submitted or published refereed papers, conference presentations); and
  • Good citizenship and engagement with the RSAA and wider community (e.g., outreach activities, committee representation).

The committee will take into account any program leave of absence.

The committee will seek to distribute the awards to students at different levels (e.g., one award for students who have completed up to one year of program, one for students who have completed between one and two years of program, and one for students who completed two and three years of program by June 30), but reserves the right to revise the distribution.


A stipend of up to $2,500 will be available for 1 year.

How to apply

No application is required - All students meeting the eligibility will be automatically considered.

Further information

A student who has previously been a recipient of this Award may remain eligible for future awards.