Universities Research Association Inc. (URA) makes an award for outstanding work conducted by a postdoctoral researcher at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. Alvin Tollestrup presents the award during the annual Users’ Meeting held at Fermilab in June.


All Ph.D. researchers in non-tenure-track or non-tenure-track-equivalent positions at Fermilab or URA member institutions, or at institutions collaborating in Fermilab projects, who are within six years of the receipt of their Ph.D. (as of the nomination deadline) are eligible. The work for which the award is made must be performed in conjunction with a Fermilab experiment or accelerator project, or under the auspices of the Fermilab Theory or Astrophysics Groups.

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Nomination: Candidates may nominate themselves for the Tollestrup Award. The nomination consists of a CV and list of publications and invited talks, a written statement (of no more than five pages) from the candidate describing the research, and no more than two letters of support from scientists familiar with the work. The research may be conducted in collaboration with others, or as part of a larger project. The award is for a particular research project conducted during the nominee’s postdoctoral years, demonstrating the nominee’s own scientific insight and creativity. The statement submitted as part of the nomination, and the supporting letters, should focus on that project and the nominee’s contribution to it.


A committee appointed by the Fermilab director will select the most outstanding work. The recipient is notified in May and is invited to present the work in a talk at the annual Fermilab Users’ Meeting in June. The recipient of the award receives a certificate of recognition and a check for $4,000 from URA.


All nomination material should be sent in electronic form (pdf or plain text is preferred) to the e-mail address usersoffice@fnal.gov by date to be announced.

Photo credit (above): The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory