Prizes and awards
Outstanding research is honored and funded by various institutions. In addition, prizes and awards are of great importance for your future academic career today.
Below you will find a brief overview of selected prizes and awards. As this list is by no means complete, we encourage you to check out prizes in your specific field of research.
Open to all fields
With the support of the friends’ association Collegium pro Academia, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities awards the €50,000 Akademiepreis for outstanding academic work. The prize is conferred on the basis of a recommendation by the selection committee, which consists of representatives from all classes.
Augsburger Wissenschaftspreis für interkulturelle Studien
The Augsburger Wissenschaftspreis für interkulturelle Studien recognizes high-quality academic papers on intercultural life in Germany. The €5,000 main prize is awarded for pertinent dissertations and Habilitationen in all disciplines; the papers must have been submitted at a German university no more than 2 years prior to the application deadline.
The Communicator Award conferred by the German Research Association targets researchers who have made an outstanding commitment to communicating research findings to the public.
Humboldt Research Award
The nomination for the Humboldt Research Award conferred by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is awarded by researchers in Germany. Postdoctoral researchers from abroad are recognized for the whole of their previous work and fundamental discoveries and findings that have had a lasting impact on their field.
Preis der Akademie
The €8,000 Preis der Akademie awarded by the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Academy of Sciences and Humanities is endowed by the Peregrinus-Stiftung. On the basis of a recommendation by the selection committee composed of representatives of all classes, researchers from eastern and southern European countries are recognized every 2 years.
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
Conferred by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the €1,65 million Sofja Kovalevskaja Award gives postdoctoral researchers from abroad an opportunity to establish a research group and work on an innovative research project at a German research institution of their choice.
Humanities and social sciences
The Adolf-Martens-Preis was established by the Adolf-Martens-Fonds e.V. to promote academic work in the fields of materials science, materials research and inspection, security technology, occupational safety, and related areas. A prize of €3,000 is awarded every 2 years.
The ADUC-Preis is awarded by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Universitätsprofessorinnen und -professoren für Chemie (ADUC) to up to 3 doctoral and/or early career research group heads.
Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis and Zukunftspreis
The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung awards the €10,000 Innovationspreis every 2 years for outstanding research and development work on the application or production of laser light.
Berthold Liebinger Zukunftspreis
The Bertold Leibinger Stiftung awards the Zukunftspreis and €50,000 for outstanding research and development work on the application or production of laser light. Applications upon recommendation only.
Carl-Zeiss Research Award
The Carl Zeiss Research Award is conferred by the CARL ZEISS AG. Every 2 years, it recognizes outstanding achievements in international optical research.
Ernst Haage Prize
The Max Planck Society puts out a national call for applications for the Ernst Haage Prize for outstanding research achievements. Doctoral graduates working in research at German research institutions and universities can be nominated.
Erwin Schrödinger Prize
The Erwin Schrödinger Prize awarded by the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers recognizes outstanding scientific or technological innovation at the junction of different areas in the fields of medicine, the natural sciences, and engineering; recipients must have worked in at least 2 fields.
The €10,000 research prize awarded by the Peter und Traudl Engelhorn-Stiftung recognizes outstanding early career researchers in the fields of the life sciences (biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, cellular biology, systems biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, etc.).
The German Physical Society awards the €3,000 Georg-Kerschensteiner-Preis for outstanding achievements in physics teaching.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize awards up to €2.5 million by the German Research Foundation. Funding for outstanding young researchers in Germany can only be granted on recommendation from the Leibniz Program nominating committee.
Heinrich Wieland Prize
The Heinrich Wieland Prize recognizes researchers in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology for outstanding research on biologically active molecules and systems. The prize is worth €100,000.
Awarded annually in the amount of €10,000, the Helene-Lange-Preis from the EWE Stiftung in cooperation with the University of Oldenburg recognizes successful postdoctoral researchers for their achievements in research and teaching.
Klung Wilhelmy Science Award
The Otto Klung Foundation and the Dr. Wilhelmy Foundation confer the €60,000 Klung Wilhelmy Science Award to support researchers in chemistry and physics who pursue pioneering and internationally recognized work.
Max Planck Medal
The Max Planck Medal is the highest distinction granted by the German Physical Society for outstanding achievements in theoretical physics.
The Robert-Wichard-Pohl-Preis is awarded by the German Physical Society for outstanding contributions to physics whose impact extends to other scientific and technological fields as well as for extraordinary achievements in physics teaching. The prize is worth €5,000.
The Stern-Gerlach Medal is the highest honor awarded by the German Physical Society for outstanding achievements in experimental physics. It is awarded for work in the entire field of physics.
International Prize for Translational Neuroscience
The International Prize for Translational Neuroscience awarded by the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation recognizes outstanding achievements in basic neurology research. The prize is worth €50,000. It was awarded under the name K-J.-Zülch-Preis until 2019.
The Paul-Martini-Stiftung recognizes researchers for their work in clinical pharmacology by awarding the Paul-Martini-Preis and prize money in the amount of €50,000.
The Beccaria Medal is awarded by the Kriminologische Gesellschaft to individuals, research groups, or institutes for outstanding achievements in research or teaching in the entire field of criminology.
Emil von Sauer-Preis
The Emil von Sauer-Preis is awarded by the Hamburgischer Anwaltverein e.V. to institutions or individuals in Hamburg whose work for Hamburg’s legal profession has been especially deserving.
The Förderpreis awarded by the Stiftung Kapitalmarktrecht für den Finanzstandort Deutschland recognizes outstanding, practice-related research work on issues related to capital markets and regulatory law. Work should contribute to strengthening Germany’s financial markets by analyzing weak spots and making recommendations for improvement.