Walter Kohn Prize for Quantum-mechanical Materials Modeling 2022 (€2,000 prize)

Deadline: 30th of September, 2022

Nominations are open for the 2022 Walter Kohn Prize for Quantum-mechanical Materials Modeling, jointly instituted and co-funded by International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the Quantum ESPRESSO Foundation.

The Prize is awarded biennially to a young scientist for outstanding contributions in the field of quantum-mechanical materials and molecular modeling, performed in a developing country or emerging economy, with emphasis on first-principles techniques.

The award ceremony will be held in January 2023 at ICTP, Trieste, Italy, on the occasion of the International Workshop on Computational Physics and Materials Science: Total Energy and Force Methods.

About Walter Kohn

Walter Kohn, 1998 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923, and became a naturalised US citizen in 1957 after escaping Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and earning university degrees in Canada and the United States in the 1940s.

Renowned for his work as a condensed matter theorist, Kohn made seminal contributions to our understanding of the electronic structure of materials. He played a leading role in the development of density functional theory, which has proved an invaluable concept for physicists, chemists and materials scientists. Kohn was also founding director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He was a passionate pacifist and an advocate of green technologies. Kohn passed away on April 19, 2016.


The Prize is usually awarded to one person, but may be shared equally among recipients who have contributed to the same body of work.

The Prize consists of:

  • a cash award of €2,000
  • a citation
  • an invitation to attend the award ceremony and deliver an award lecture at ICTP


  • Eligible candidates should be under the age of 45 on September 30, 2022;
  • Must be working in countries that are NOT included in the list of “High-income economies” compiled by the World Bank.


Nominations and self nominations should include a CV of the candidate, a list of the three best publications arising out of work performed in a developing country or emerging economy, and no less than two letters of support.

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