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Applications Invited | IEEE PELS UK and Ireland Doctoral Thesis Award 2023/24 – 2nd Call

Power Electronics Society

The Power Electronics Society (PELS) of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has facilitated and guided the development of power electronics technology for over 30 years. The UK and Ireland (UK&I) Power Electronics Chapter supports the objectives of PELS at a local level, serving the local community, industry, and academia.

The purpose of the UK&I Chapter Doctoral Thesis Award is to promote, recognise and support eligible PhD students conducting outstanding research within the IEEE Power Electronics Society’s fields of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

This award recognises PhD students who have written an outstanding doctoral thesis that represents a remarkably impactful contribution to their field of research. The award is open to all relevant PhD students whose PhD was awarded by a UK or Ireland institution, between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2023.

Nomination Process

  • The thesis should be nominated by the main supervisor and a referee from another organisation (preferably the external examiner).
  • Each supervisor can nominate two PhD students maximum during this selection period.
  • Nomination deadline is 31 May 2024. The outcome will be announced by 31 August 2024.

Application Package

The application package for each candidate must include:

  1. Application form from the nominee with a personal statement with fewer than 500 words, which clearly indicates the thesis contribution.
  2. A Nomination form the main supervisor of the nominee.
  3. A Reference form from an external referee.
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  5. Copy of the thesis (PDF).

The application package forms can be downloaded:


Only electronic submission of the application package is accepted. The electronic application package should be submitted via email to Dr Bing Ji or Dr Sheng Wang.

All nominations must be received before midnight (UK time) on 31 May 2024.

Selection Process and Award Criteria

The award will be selected by the Doctoral Thesis Award Review Committee. This committee is chaired by IEEE UK&I Chapter Chair Dr Bing Ji and consists of experts from both industry and academia who do not have a conflict of interest with any nominee. The committee members can be found here.

The award selection will be based on the quality of the thesis only, not on any other contributions made by the nominee beyond the thesis. The panel reserves the right to reduce the number of awards if the thesis quality is not sufficiently high.

The review committee will evaluate the candidates’ theses based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of Subject: Significance and relevance to power electronics.
  • Quality of Contribution: Originality, innovation level, outputs, and impact.
  • Quality of Research: Technical depth and scientific rigorousness.
  • Quality of Presentation: Clarity and effectiveness of text and illustration.
  • Statements of the referees and the nominee.


Each award consists of a certificate from the IEEE UK&I Chapter, and monetary award of £400 for 1st Prize; and £300 for 2nd Prize; including cash and/or IEEE membership fees.

Presentation of Awards

The certificate and monetary award will be awarded to the winners during the IEEE UK&I Chapter Annual Meeting, and announced publicly on this website.