The Hempel Award

Type: Grant

Name: The Hempel Award Recognizing Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in the Philosophy of Science

Location: Baltimore, MD

Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

Sponsoring Institution: Philosophy of Science Association


Nominations may now be made for the 2016 Hempel Award, a biennial award recognizing lifetime scholarly achievement in the philosophy of science. The Hempel Award is named in honor of Carl Gustav Hempel (1905-1997), one of the twentieth century’s leading philosophers of science and an active PSA member for over fifty years. The award will be presented prior to the PSA Presidential Address at PSA2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, November 5, 2016.

The Prize Committee for the Hempel Award will consist of the current PSA Governing Board or its designated subcommittee. Nominations for the Hempel Award should include a full CV and between three and five detailed letters of support; the latter should address the nominee’s scholarly achievements, construed broadly to include not only the specific research of the nominee but also the nominee’s larger impact on the scholarly community of philosophers of science (including training and mentorship, public outreach, professional work for the Philosophy of Science Association, and other community-building activities). Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominees and nominators should be members of the Philosophy of Science Association. Current Governing Board members may not participate in a nomination.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to no later than June 15, 2016.  Questions about the Hempel Award may be directed to Jessica Pfeifer, Executive Director of the PSA, at

Members who wish to renominate a candidate from the previous round can send a note to Executive Director Jessica Pfeifer so indicating.  No additional materials will be required, but the nominator may add to the file should she or he so wish. Nominees and nominators are requested to bear in mind that, since this is a new prize, it is likely that there were and will be a number of highly qualified nominees.

Contact Information:
Jessica Pfeifer

Posted: April 08, 2016