Dissertation Awards

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Many organizations offer awards for excellent doctoral dissertations, particularly in medicine and the life sciences. While information on many of the awards below is in German only, international researchers may still be eligible to apply. Contact us for assistance or if you have questions about dissertation awards. 

 

Open Topics

Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien: Award
Discipline: open, Canada-related
Amount: varies

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung [website in German] 
Discipline: Open 
Age restriction: Up to 35 
Amount: €5,000

Körber-Stiftung: Deutscher Studienpreis [website in German] 
Discipline: Open
Amount: €25,000

Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung: Friedwart Bruckhaus-Förderpreis [website in German] 
Discipline: Topics change every two years 
Age restriction: Up to 35 

 

Humanities and Social Sciences

Immanuel Kant Research Award 

Discipline: Culture and history of Germans in Eastern Europe
Amount: €2,500

Con Sozial: Research and Management Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Sustainable development of social work 
Amount: €4,000-5,000

Demokratie-Stiftung: Foundation Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Deepening of the democratic idea 
Amount: €2,500

Hanns-Lilje-Stiftung: Hanns Lilje Foundation Award Freedom and Responsibility [website in German] 
Discipline: Creative power of art and culture 
Amount: €10,000

Marie-Luise und Ernst Becker-Stiftung: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Aging and work 
Amount: €10,000

Roman Herzog Institut: Research Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Social market economy 
Age restriction: Up to 40 
Amount: €20,000 (for first place)

Schroubek-Fonds Östliches Europa: Doctoral Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Folklore and European ethnology with emphasis in Eastern Europe

Wolf-Erich-Kellner-Gedächtnisstiftung: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: History and spiritual foundations of liberalism 

 

Law and Economics

Demokratie-Stiftung: Foundation Award [website in German] 

Discipline: Deepening of the democratic idea
Amount: €2,500

Forum Vergabe: International Public Procurement Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Public procurement 
Amount: €5,000

Gregor Louisoder Umweltstiftung: Research Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Economic topics with environmental relevance 
Amount: €2,500

Roman Herzog Institut: Research Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Social market economy
Age restriction: Up to 40 
Amount: €20,000 (for first place)

Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft: Schmalenbach Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Practice-oriented business administration

Stiftung Kapitalmarktforschung: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Capital market and regulatory law
Amount: €10,000

Stiftung Kapitalmarktrecht: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Capital market law 
Amount: €10,000

Studienstiftung Ius Vivum: Awards for Outstanding Scientific Achievements [website in German] 
Discipline: Jurisprudence

Vodafone Stiftung für Forschung: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Market and customer orientation 
Amount: €5,000

Wolf-Kellner-Gedächtnisstiftung: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: History and spiritual foundations of liberalism

Wolfgang-Ritter-Stiftung: Wolfgang Ritter Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Business and economics 
Amount: €20,000

German Foundation for law and computer science [website in German] 
Discipline: Legal informatics and information law

 

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Adolf-Martens-Fonds: Adolf Martens Award [website in German] 

Discipline: Analytical chemistry, material sciences
Age restriction: Up to 40 
Amount: €3,000

Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI): GI Doctoral Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Computer science 
Amount: €25,000

Amazone-Stiftung: Innovation Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Agricultural machinery 
Amount: €4,000

German Electronic Microscopy Society: Ernst Ruska Award 
Discipline: Electronic microscopy
Amount: Not specified

German Physical Society: Awards 
Discipline: Physics 
Age restriction: Dependent on award 
Amount: Up to €10,000

Dr. Tyczka Energy Award 
Discipline: Engineering and natural sciences, energy technology and business administration 
Amount: Up to €5,000

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker: Awards [website in German] 
Discipline: Chemistry 
Age restriction: Varies 
Amount: Up to €7,500

Gregor Louisoder Umweltstiftung: Research Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Biology, geo- and environmental sciences, agricultural and forestry sciences
Amount: €2,500

Klaus-Tschira-Stiftung: Klaus-Tschira-Award for Preis for Understandable Science
Discipline: Biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics  
Age restriction: Recent graduate 
Amount: €5,000

VDI: International Bionic Award 
Discipline: Bionics 
Amount: €10,000

Vodafone Stiftung für Forschung: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Natural sciences and engineering 

 

Medicine and Life Sciences

Deutsche Schmerzgesellschaft e.V.: Award for Pain Research [website in German] 

Discipline: Realized basic and applied research on acute and chronic pain 
Amount: €7,000 for first place, €3,500 for second place

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziale Psychiatrie e.V.: DGSP Research Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Social psychiatry 
Amount: €3,500

Chugai Pharma: Chugai Science Award 
Discipline: Inflammatory rheumatic systemic diseases 
Age restriction: Up to 40 
Amount: €10,000

Desitin: Young Scientist Research Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Neuropediatrics 
Age restriction: Up to 36 
Amount: €5,000

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biomedizinische Technik: Award of the “Stiftung Familie Klee” Foundation [website in German] 
Discipline: Medical technology, bioengineering 
Age restriction: Up to 35 
Amount: €5,000

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie: Awards [website in German] 
Discipline: Thoracic, cardiac and vascular surgery 
Age restriction: Varies 
Amount: Up to €10,000

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychosomatische Frauenheilkunde und Geburtshilfe (DGPFG): Doctoral Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Psychosomatic gynecology and obstetrics 
Age restriction: No more than two years after doctorate 
Amount: €1,000

Dr. Hildegard Dinter-Lutz-Stiftung: Research Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Brain tumors 
Age restriction: Up to 36 
Amount: €10,000

Eva und Helmer Lehmann-Stiftung: Multiple Sklerose-Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Multiple sclerosis 
Age restriction: Up to 35 
Amount: €5,000

E.W. Baader-Stiftung: E.W. Baader Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Occupational medicine 
Age restriction: Up to 45 
Amount: €5,000

Eppendorf AG: Eppendorf and Science Price for Neurobiology 
Discipline: Neurobiology 
Age restriction: Up to 35 
Amount: €20,000

Fürst Donnersmarck-Stiftung: Research Award 
Discipline: Neurorehabilitation 
Amount: €30,000

Heinrich-Stockmeyer-Stiftung: Stockmeyer Science Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Food research 
Amount: €10,000

Illa und Werner Zarnekow-Stiftung: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Rehabilitation research 
Amount: €5,000

Marie-Luise und Ernst Becker-Stiftung: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Aging and work 
Amount: €10,000

Nestlé: Heinrich Nestlé Science Award 
Discipline: Pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology 
Amount: €10,000

NEUROWIND e.V.: Research Award 
Discipline: Experimental neurology 
Amount: €20,000

Stiftung Leben Pur: Award [website in German] 
Discipline: Aging 
Amount: €5,000

Swiss Dentaprime: Dentaprime Research Award Dentistry [website in German] 
Discipline: Dental implantology 

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