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Brouwer Award Nomination Form

Nominations are invited for next year's Dirk Brouwer Career Award of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy. Each year since 1976 the DDA has honored the achievements of a major contributor to the field of dynamical astronomy, recognizing the awardee with an honorarium, a certificate, and presentation of an award lecture. Recent recipients include Lia Athanassoula, Jerry Sellwood, Joe Burns, Doug Lin, Sylvio Ferraz Mello, and Rosemary Wyse.

Candidates must have obtained a PhD. degree at least 10 years prior to the date of nomination. Nominees may be of any nationality, occupation, and need not be members of the DDA. The DDA strongly encourages Brouwer award applications from members of underrepresented groups in dynamical astronomy.

The Dirk Brouwer Career Award of the DDA shall be granted on the basis of the following criteria:

  • excellence in scientific research,
  • impact and influence in the field,
  • excellence in teaching and training of students, and
  • outstanding advancement and other support of the field through administration, public service or engineering achievement.

For the purposes of this award, the field of Dynamical Astronomy contains but is not limited to the sub-fields of celestial mechanics, astrometry, geophysics, cosmology, and star and planet formation as well as Solar System, exoplanet, planetary system, stellar system, galactic, extra-galactic, relativistic, and astrophysical fluid dynamics. The Dirk Brouwer Career Award committee (listed here) has final authority over the appropriateness of a nomination.

Nomination procedure and requirements:

Nominations for the 2019 prize are due by February 15, 2019. Nominations will remain active for a period of three years.

Note on self-nominations: Following the practice recently adopted by the AAS, we now accept self-nominations for all prizes. We intend that the prize selection committee will be "blind" regarding whether a candidate was nominated by someone else or was self-nominated. Accordingly, all three letters of support must say something like "I am writing to support the nomination of [candidate's name]" rather than "I am writing to nominate [candidate's name]." Any letter of support that suggests that the author is directly "nominating" the candidate rather than "supporting the nomination of" the candidate will be returned for a rewrite.

If you have any questions, please contact the DDA Secretary.


CV should include the name of the candidate's PhD thesis advisor and postdoc mentors, and names of PhD students advised and postdocs mentored by the candidate in the past 10 years.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required and up to five letters will be accepted. Letters of recommendation should be written by experts in the field of the nominee, attesting to the long term impact and influence of the nominee's various contributions to the field of dynamical astronomy. At least one of the three letters must be written by a member of the AAS or DDA.

Note on self-nominations: Following the practice recently adopted by the AAS, we now accept self-nominations for all prizes. We intend that the prize selection committee will be "blind" regarding whether a candidate was nominated by someone else or was self-nominated. Accordingly, all three letters of support must say something like "I am writing to support the nomination of [candidate's name]" rather than "I am writing to nominate [candidate's name]." Any letter of support that suggests that the author is directly "nominating" the candidate rather than "supporting the nomination of" the candidate will be returned for a rewrite. Nominations will remain active for a period of three years.

Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.