Einstein Prize

To recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field of gravitational physics. The prize consists of $10,000 and a certificate citing the contributions of the recipient. It also includes an allowance for the recipient to travel to a meeting of the Society to receive the award and deliver a lecture. It is awarded biennially in odd-numbered years.

Establishment & Support

The prize was established by the Topical Group on Gravitation (now Division of Gravitational Physics) in 1999. It is supported by friends of the Division, including major support from David Lee.

Rules & Eligibility

The award, usually to a single individual, is for outstanding achievement in theory, experiment or observation in the area of gravitational physics. It is open to any scientist, worldwide. Nominations will remain active for three review cycles. Members of the Division of Gravitational Physics Executive Committee shall not be eligible for nomination while sitting on the Committee.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Sunday, July 1, 2018

The nomination package must include:

  • A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s).

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

There may be additional requirements for particular prizes and awards. Please read the rules carefully.

The online nominations system will open toward the end of 2016. Watch for email and website announcements that the site is open to accept new nominations and update material for continuing nominations.

2017 Selection Committee Members: Pablo Laguna (Chair), Luis Lehner (Vice Chair), Steven J. Carlip, Norna Robertson, Scott Hughes

Nomination Guidelines


Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.

2015 Recipient

Jacob Bekenstein
Hebrew University

Bekenstein



Past Recipients

2013: Irwin I. Shapiro
2011: Ezra Ted Newman
2009: James Hartle
2007: Rainer Weiss
          Ronald Drever
2005: Bryce DeWitt
2003: John A. Wheeler
          Peter G. Bergmann