RSE Thomas Reid Medal

The RSE Thomas Reid Medal recognises exceptional achievements in arts, humanities and social sciences by an early career researcher. This award meets with the Society’s strategic objective of increasing public understanding of science and the arts and humanities. The awardees are required to have a Scottish connection but can be based anywhere in the world.

Early career researcher is defined as “a researcher with a minimum of two years postdoctoral work experience and no more than ten years postdoctoral work experience” (i.e. research fellows to lecturers in their first academic posts are eligible). For those not based in academia ‘early career’ is defined as “individuals who have demonstrated outstanding ability in their work and professional practice within thirteen years of graduation.”


  • Nominations can only be made by Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  • Nominations can be made via the new online system through the member area.
  • Along with the nomination form you are required to upload a CV and publication list for the candidate as well as two references.
  • Full guidance notes can be found in the member area.
  • RSE Medals Referee Form


Thomas Reid (1710 – 1796) was a Scottish Philosopher who founded the Scottish School of Common Sense and played an integral role in the Scottish Enlightenment. He was a contemporary of David Hume and was awarded a Professorship at King’s College, University of Aberdeen, and later the Professorship of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.


YearName(s)Institution Awarded
2022Dr Neil McDonnellUniversity of GlasgowFor his leading and sustained work on Project Mobius, including creating a ‘VR for Zoom’ platform which has delivered the significant elements of VR without the need for headsets; thus negating the health risk currently associated with their use. His work is recognised globally for developing the very highest levels of visualisation and simulation.
2021Dr Manuel Fernández-GötzUniversity of EdinburghFor their position as a leading Early Career researcher on diverse aspects of the European Iron Age. His contributions have provided markedly fresh thinking in impressive monographs, edited collections, and papers in highly regarded journals.
2020No award made
2019No award made
2018Dr Matthew NovensonUniversity of EdinburghFor their outstanding research work on early Christianity and his strengths as a supervisor of research students, as a successful teacher, and for his exercise of leadership both in his home university department and internationally.
2017Dr Mirko CanevaroUniversity of EdinburghFor their outstanding research work on ancient Greek politics and law.
2016Dr Nasar MeerUniversity of StrathclydeFor their ground-breaking research work on Muslim identities, race equality and nationalism, in addition to his outstanding record in media and public engagement.
2015No award made
Dr Nasar Meer wearing a suit and tie