Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

Awards for postdoctoral researchers

Here you can find prizes and awards with which your achievements and your commitment are honored and rewarded. Please pay attention to the relevant deadline! 

 

 

 



Academics.de - academics-Preis für Nachwuchswissenschaftler des Jahres (academics Award for Young Scientist of the Year)

Target group:
Postdocs up to 35 years of age

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Proposals as well as self-nominations are accepted. Applications are to be submitted in written form in English/ and or German.

Prize money:
EUR 5,000
The prize is not committed to a specific purpose.

Deadline:
The prize is awarded every year.
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

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Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation - Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel-Forschungspreis (Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award)

Target group:
Foreign postdocs (Non-German)

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
No self-nominations possible. Doctorate may not have been attained more than 18 years ago.

Prize money:
25 prizes of EUR 45,000 each plus travel allowance, aid for German language courses

Deadline:
Applications can be submitted at any time. Selection process takes place twice a year.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation - Sofja Kovalevskaja-Preis/Award

Target group:
Foreign as well as German postdocs, if these already have been scientifically active abroad for a long time

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Eligible candidates have attained their doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent),
completed with distinction less than six years prior to the application submission deadline and can show academic publications in internationally reviewed journals and / or publishing houses.

With the Sofia Kovalevskaya prize there is the opportunity to establish a working group at a research facility in Germany of the winner's choice and for a period of five years carry out a high-level and innovative research project of their own choice.

Prize money:
Eight prizes with up to EUR 1.65 m

Deadline:
No call for applications at the momet.


Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

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Alfred Kätcher-Förderstiftung/Foundation - Alfred Kärcher-Förderpreis/Sponsorship Award

Target group:
Doctoral dissertations and habilitations of staff who work at university institutes and comparable non-profit academic institutions; universities and research institutions

Area of studies:
Cleaning technology

Terms of application:
Dissertations and other academic papers and similar pieces of work, theses and dissertations may be submitted as well as other innovative scientific papers that have been published after the university degree.
The works must be written in English or German.

Prize money:
Max. EUR 35,000

Deadline:
June 30, every year
 

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American Chemical Society - Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Biological Chemistry

Prize money:
Bronze medal and honorarium

Deadline:
June 15, 2021

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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American Physical Society - Dannie Heinemann Prize for Mathematical Physics

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Mathematical Physics

Terms of application:
This prize is awarded solely for valuable published contributions made in the field of mathematical physics with no restrictions placed on a candidate`s citizenship or country of residence.

Prize money:
USD 10,000

Deadline:
June 21, 2021

 

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American Physical Society - J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Partical Physics

Target Group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Theoretical Particle Physics

Terms of application:
Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. The prize may be awarded to more than one person on a shared basis. The prize will normally be awarded for theoretical contributions made at an early stage of the recipient’s research career. Nominations are active for three years.

Prize money:
USD 10,000

Deadline:
June 21, 2021

 

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - ACM Prize in Computing 

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Computer sciences

Terms of application:
Nominations will be reviewed for the candidate’s personal contributions to a major innovation that has impact on computing theory or practice. While a sufficient amount of time must have elapsed for the degree of impact to be assessed, the contribution should be relatively recent (typically within the last decade or so). While there are no specific requirements as to age or time since last degree requirements, the nominee typically would be approaching mid-career. Nominators are advised to review the list of previous winners of the award to gain an impression of its scope and nature.

Prize money:
USD 250,000

Deadline:
January 15, 2021

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Association for Computing Machinery - A. M. Turing Award

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Computer sciences

Terms of application:
No self-nomination is possible.

Prize money:
USD 250,000

Deadline:
January 15, 2021

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Bayer Foundations: Hansen Family Award

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Natural sciences and medical areas

Terms of application:
The prize is awarded to candidates who are no longer at the very beginning of their scientific careers. Nomination requires that the prize-winning work was conducted in German speaking countries and in the researcher has succeeded in opening a whole new field that is ideally associated with his name and can contribute to medical innovation.
No self-nomination is possible. Proposals must be submitted on a application form that can be obtained from the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
EUR 75,000

Deadline:
The prize is awarded every two years, alternating with the Otto Bayer Preis (Award).

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

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Bayer Foundations - Talent Award: Early Excellence in Science Award

Target group:
Postdocs and scientists who completed their doctorate no more than 5 years ago

Area of studies:
Chemistry, Biology, Medical Sciences

Terms of application:
The young scientists should have already made a visible contribution to new findings through their research contributions.

Prize money:
EUR 10,000 EUR per category

Deadline:
Ongoing

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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Bayer Foundations - Otto Bayer Award 

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Chemistry and biological chemistry

Terms of application:
Nomination requires that the prize-winning work was conducted in German speaking countries and in the researcher has succeeded in opening a whole new field that is ideally associated with his name. Suitable candidates are therefore no longer at the very beginning of their scientific career, but demonstrate sufficient potential to optimally profit from the prize.

Prize money:
EUR 75,000

Deadline:
March 2, 2018. Usually every two years.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung (Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation)- Willy-Brandt-Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
History, social sciences, law

Terms of application:
Content must be based on the political activity of Willy Brandt. Work is at the date of submission to be not older than one and a half years and not yet published.

Prize money:
EUR 5,000, printing grant or publication

Deadline:
March 31, 2021. The prize is awarded every two years.

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Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - Bernstein Preis des Nationalen Netzwerks Computational Neuroscience (Bernstein Award of the Bernsetin Network Computational Neuroscience)

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
All (especially computer science, physics, mathematics and medicine)

Terms of application:
Funding is provided for research projects designed by young doctoral level researchers and carried out by them at a German research institution. The project leader is to be given the opportunity by implementing a research project designed and supervised by himself/herself and establishing a junior research group to investigate autonomously and independently. Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
Up to EUR 1.25 m over 5years

Deadline:
No further calls for proposals are planned for the time being.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) together with the Federation of German Industries (BDI) - Innovationspreis Klima und Umwelt (German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment)

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Climate and environment

Terms of application:
The innovation award is awarded in 5 categories: 1. process innovations for climate protection, 2. product and service innovations for climate protection, 3. environmentally friendly technologies, 4. environmentally friendly products and services, 5. climate and environmental protection technology transfer in developing and emerging countries and states in Eastern EUR ope. Please note that participation is possible only with payment of a participation fee of EUR 200. Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
EUR 25,000 in each of the 5 categories, in total EUR 125,000

Deadline:
June 21, 2021. The prize is awarded every year.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik (BME) (German Assiciation of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME)) - Wissenschaftspreis (Research Award)

Target group:
Postdocs with habilitations or doctoral dissertations

Area of studies:
Material sciences, purchasing, logistics

Terms of application:
Habilitation and dissertation theses must at the time of filing the application have passed successfully though the university's grading process . Work may already be published.

Prize money:
Habilitation theses and other outstanding scientific works: EUR 5,000, dissertation theses: EUR 3,500

Deadline:
September 30, 2020. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. The prize is awarded every year.

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Dan David Prize - Dan David Prize

Target group:
Excellent postdocs (applications from individuals or institutions)

Area of studies:
Science, art, public service, business with different themes to past, present and future

Terms of application:
Applicants have in the year of filing their proposal made an outstanding contribution with a global context.

Prize money:
Three prizes of USD 1,000,000 each

Deadline:
Annually

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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DECHEMA e.V. - Nachwuchswissenschaftler-Preis für Naturstoff-Erforschung (Young Scientists' Award for Natural Products Research)

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Natural substances (border areas between biology and chemistry)

Terms of application:
Applications should include a summary of the scientific work and a short biography. Self-nomination and proposal are possible.

Prize money:
EUR 3,000

Deadline:
November 27, 2020.
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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Deutsche Bundesgesellschaft für Theoretische Chemie (German Bunsen Society for Theoretical Chemistry) - Hans G.A Hellmann Award

Target group:
Younger postdocs

Area of studies:
Theoretical chemistry

Terms of application:
The prize is awarded to younger junior scientists (not usually over 40 years) who not yet hold a lifetime professorship and are associated the German research landscape.

Deadline:
March 15, 2021

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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German Research Foundation (DFG) - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The award may go to qualitatively outstanding younger researchers who are still in a phase of increasing productivity, which should be supported with additional funding. The age of the funding recipients should be significantly lower than the average age of the established representatives of their field. Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
The award is endowed with prize money of up to EUR 2.5 million.

Deadline:
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. It is usually announced annually.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR)..


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German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) - Copernicus Award

Target group:
Postdocs from Germany Deutschland and from Poland

Area of studies:
Nachwuchsförderung

Terms of application:
Self-nominations are possible. Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR). One Polish and one German scientist respectively is awarded for his or her outstanding achievements for Polish-German cooperation in science.

Prize money:
EUR 200,000, half respectively for the awardees from both countries

Deadline:
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. The award is usually conferred every two years.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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German Research Foundation (DFG) - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The prize, which is not limited to a particular area, is addressed to scientists, who after their doctorate have already developed an independent academic profile. It is not to be construed as an acknowledgment of the thesis alone.
Self-nomination is not possible.
The KIT internal process has two stages.

Prize money:
10 x EUR 20,000

Deadline:
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. The prize is awarded annually.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie e.V. (German Sicety for Cell Biology) - Werner Risau Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Endothelial cell biology

Terms of application:
The prize will be awarded to post-doctoral fellows, whose doctorate should not be older than five years (parental leave can be taken into account). The work on which the award is based should have been made in a laboratory in Europe or Israel, in exceptional cases, in other countries, if the candidate is a citizen of a European country or Israel. The prize is awarded for a scientific work unpublished or in print.

Prize money:
EUR 4,000

Deadline:
June 30, 2019. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. The prize is awarded annually.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 
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Deutsche Immobilien Akademie (DIA) (German Real Estate Academy (DIA)) - Forschungspreis für Immobilienwirtschaft - International (Research Prize for the Real Estate Industry - International)

Target group:
Postdocs with habilitations, doctoral dissertations and other scientific publications

Area of studies:
Real estate industry

Terms of application:
The submitted projects should in regard to content relate to a macro- or microeconomic topic of the real estate industry. Those interested can contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
Dissertation, habilitation theses and other outstanding scientific works: EUR 2,500
Diploma and magister theses: EUR 1,000

Deadline:
June 31, 2021

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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German Physical Society (DPG) - Gustav-Hertz-Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Experimental or theoretical physics

Terms of application:
Self-nominations are not possible. Please inform the KIT Research Office (FOR) funding of your proposal (with documentation) and submit it with a justification of one to two pages, a scientific CV and the nomination of referees. Proposals from the previous year can be resubmitted.

Prize money:
EUR 7,500

Deadline:
The prize is awarded annually. Proposals can be submitted any time.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Contact at KIT: Aleksandra Olszynka (FOR)


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German Physical Society (DPG) - Hertha-Sponer-Prize

Target group:
Young female scientists

Area of studies:
Physics

Terms of application:
Self-nominations are not possible. Please inform the KIT Research Office (FOR) funding of your proposal (with documentation) and submit it with a justification of one to two pages, a scientific CV and the nomination of referees. Proposals from the previous year can be resubmitted.

Prize money:
EUR 3,000

Deadline:
The prize is awarded annually.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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German Physical Society (DPG) - Max-Planck-Medal

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Theoretical physics

Terms of application:
Self-nominations are not possible. Proposals from the previous year can be resubmitted.

Prize money:
Gold medal and handwritten certificate

Deadline:
June 30, 2021. The prize is awarded annually.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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German Physical Society (DPG) - Walter-Schottky-Prize

Target group:
Young postdocs

Area of studies:
Physics

Terms of application:
Self-nominations are not possible. Please inform the KIT Research Office (FOR) funding of your proposal (with documentation) and submit it with a justification of one to two pages, a scientific CV and the nomination of referees. Proposals from the previous year can be resubmitted. 

Prize money:
EUR 15,000 and certificate

Deadline:
The prize is awarded annually. Proposals can be handed in any time.

 

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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German Society for Petroleum and Coal Science and Technology (DGMK) -DGMK Sponsorship Award for Young Scientists

Target group:
Young German postdocs younger than 35

Area of studies:
Oil, gas and coal

Terms of application:
Self-nomination is possible.

Prize money:
The award consists of a certificate and a sum of money which will be determined by the Board.

Deadline:
The prize is usually awarded annually.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University) - German Simulation and Gaming Award

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Teaching and learning methods regarding "simulation and gaming "

Terms of application:
Papers are eligible, which were submitted at a European university since January 1 of 2018. Self-nominations and proposals by third parties are possible.

Prize money:
Prizes of EUR 1,000, EUR 750 and EUR 500

Deadline:
January 31, 2021

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Eduard-Rhein-Stiftung (Eduard Rhein Foundation) - Technology Award

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Radio, television and information technology

Terms of application:
Self-nominations are generally not common. The nominators should be recognized experts in the field of work of the Foundation.

Prize money:
EUR 150,000

Deadline:
July 31, 2021. The prize is usually awarded annually.

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Ernst Haage-Stiftung (Ernst Haage Foundation) - Ernst Haage-Prize for Chemical Energy Conversion 

Target group:
German postdocs or postdocs working in Germany younger than 40

Area of studies:
Bioinorganic chemistry

Terms of application:
Eligible for nomination are German young scientists or those working long-term in Germany, who should not have reached the age of 40 and still do not yet hold a permanent position. Self-nominations are not possible.

Prize money:
EUR 7,500

Deadline:
July 31, 2020. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. The prize is awarded annually.

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Freundeskreis des Forschungszentrums Karslruhe e.V. (Friends of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe e.V.) - Otto Haxel Award

Target group:
Postdocs, who have special achievements for innovation in the economy or are expected to have these

Area of studies:
Industry science or technologies

Terms of application:
Proof of an independent scientific or technical performance that has arisen in or in cooperation with KIT, an own performance successful in or sufficiently promising to bringing about economic exploitation of the results of this scientific work and the innovation potential, e.g. by industrial partners.
Open to all employees and partners of KIT. Self-nominations and proposals can be submitted. Applications to be sent to the President of the Friends of the Research Center Karlsruhe (Freundeskreis des Forschungszentrums Karlsruhe e.V.), Professor Dr. Manfred Popp.

Prize money:
EUR 6,000

Deadline:
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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German Chemical Society (GDCh) - Carl-Duisburg-Gedächtnispreis

Target group:
Young postdocs with completed habilitation

Area of studies:
Chemistry

Terms of application:
No self-nomination possible. Proposals have to be submitted.

Prize money:
EUR 5,000 for the awardee, EUR 2,500 for his or her research group

Deadline:
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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German Chemical Society (GDCh) - Carl-Roth-Förderpreis

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Chemical sciences

Terms of application:
It is awarded for resource efficient ways of synthesis or innovative applications of chemicals. Self-nominations are possible.

Prize money:
EUR 5,000 EUR  + voucher for EUR 3,000 EUR  for products from the Carl Roth catalogue

Deadline:
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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German Chemical Society (GDCh) - Wilhelm-Ostwald-Nachwuchspreis

Target group:
Postdocs younger than 33

Area of studies:
The prize is awarded for an outstanding doctoral dissertation or equivalent achievement, that bridges between very different disciplines according to the ideas of Ostwald, which helps in overcoming technical limitations and obstacles, identify new research directions and relationships as well as to cross-link interdisciplinary knowledge.

Terms of application:
The publication to be awarded may not be older than two years at the point of the deadline.
The award is also connected to a two-year free membership in the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Gesellschaft, the German Chemical Society and the DBG. Nominations may be made by faculty members.

Prize money:
EUR 2,500

Deadline:
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

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Gesellschaft für Phytotherapie e.V. (Society for Phytotherapy) - Phytotherapy Prize for the Promotion of Young Scientists

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Phytotherapy

Terms of application:
This prize is for the promotion of young scientists and is awarded for theses which are important for phytotherapy (bachelor’s, master’s, “Staatsexamen”, diploma and PhD/ doctoral theses and scientific publications based on these).

Prize money:
EUR 10,000

Deadline:
March 31, 2021

 

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Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung/Foundation - Friedwart Bruckhaus Award

Target group:
Postdocs, journalists no older than 35

Area of studies:
All; subject related, this year's theme: “How much freedom does the market economy need? Authoritarian systems on the advance”

Terms of application:
Writings are eligible that have been published or broadcast in German or English from January 01, 2019 on.

Prize money:
Three of EUR 5,000 each

Deadline:
February 29, 2020. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. The prize will be awarded every two years with a specific theme. 

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Hans-Sauer-Stiftung /Foundation - Hans Sauer Award

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
With this award, the Hans-Sauer Stiftung honors in alternating cycle honors outstanding scientific achievements, particularly valuable practices in business, politics and society, and pioneering technical inventions. This year's focus is circular cities.

Terms of application:
Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
EUR 10,000

Deadline:
January 31, 2021
 

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaft (Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities) - Academy Award

Target group:
Postdocs younger than 40

Area of studies:
Alternating: mathematical-scientific and philosophical-historical class of the Academy

Terms of application:
The prize-winning work should not have been completed more than three years before the award ceremony.

Prize money:
EUR 6,000

Deadline:
October 15, every year

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaft (Heidelberger Academy of Sciences and Humanities) - Karl-Freudenberg-Preis (Karl Freundeberg Prize)

Target group:
Postdocs up to 35 years of age

Area of studies:
Natural sciences, especially chemistry and biology

Terms of application:
Self-nomination is not possible. Proposal must be made by faculty members and institute heads from Baden-Württemberg. Proposals are to be submitted with an explanatory statement (in duplicate).

Prize money:
EUR 10,000

Deadline:
October 15, every year

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Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres - Helmholtz International Fellow Award for Excellent Researchers and Science Managers of Abroad

Target group:
Senior scientists and research managers based outside Germany

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Applications are open to outstanding young researchers from domestic and foreign institutions between two and six years after the doctorate at the time of the application deadline. In addition, the candidate must have substantial international research experience as demonstrated by at least six months of continuous international experience during or after the doctorate.

Prize money:
EUR 20,000

Deadline:
May 3, 2019. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. Note the KIT internal call for proposals.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research - Competition "Verständliche Wissenschaft (Comprehensible Science)"

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The competition is open to scientists who have recently attained their doctorate who prove their talent in conveying the highly complex research of their doctoral research in a concise and understandable manner to a wide audience. The young scientists should have completed their doctorates in the past two years.

Prize money:
Three prizes worth a total of EUR 5,000

Deadline:
October 31, 2018. No further calls for proposals are planned for the time being.

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Humboldt-Universität - Caroline von Humboldt Prize

Target group:
Young female scientists who attained their doctorate no longer than seven years ago and who do not have a full professorship.

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The prize is awarded to an outstanding female scientist and is intended to support a scientific project. The prize money is to enable the winner to carry out a research project within the framework of a research stay at the Humboldt University of Berlin ("Scientist in Residence").
Proposals for the award must be submitted by professors from universities and other research institutions. Moreover, the written consent to receive the young scientist of the respective research project or chair of the Humboldt University is to be attached.

Prize money:
EUR 15,000

Deadline:
The next call for applications is expected in spring/summer 2021.

 

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International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT) - Miya-Aabdou Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to the Field of Nuclear Technology

Target group:
Postdocs up to 40 years of age

Area of studies:
Nuclear technology

Terms of application:
Self-nomination is possible.

Prize money:
USD 5,000

Deadline:
May 31, 2019.
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).



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Joachim Herz-Stiftung/Foundation - German Prize for Economics

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Interdisciplinary perspectives on economic sciences

Terms of application:
The prize honors scientists who use interdisciplinary approaches and methods to broaden the perspectives of the economic sciences and develop new solutions. The awards go to scientists who work at a research institution in Germany. The prize will be awarded for the first time in 2016.

Prize money:
1st place: EUR 25,000
2nd place: EUR 15,000
3rd place: EUR 10,000

Deadline:
September 26, 2019. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

 

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Jörg Wolff-Stiftung/Foundation - Arnold Rikli Prize for photobiological research

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Biological and medical sciences

Terms of application:
Submissions may be unpublished works in German or English as well as publications published after January 1, 2010. Research will affect biological effects of optical radiation and have direct importance for human medicine or provide guidelines for future research.

Prize money:
EUR 10,000

Deadline:
February 28, 2019. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Justus Liebig University of Giessen - Roentgen Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Radiation-physical and radiation-biological basic research Terms of application: the prize's purpose is primarily of work of  junior staff to be awarded. Typically, these young professionals are still under the age 40 years old and have not held any professorship or equivalent position permanently.

Prize money:
EUR 15,000

Deadline:
Publications to be proposed should be submitted by April 30 every year.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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KIND Hearing Foundation - Award

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Research in the field of hearing impairment, especially children

Terms of application:
The prize can be awarded an individual, a research group or in exceptional cases, to the same parts to two winners. Both self-nominations as well as proposals are admissible.

Prize money:
EUR 15,000

Deadline:
November 1, 2018. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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Max Buchner Research Foundation - DECHEMA Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Technical chemistry, process engineering, biotechnology, apparatus engineering

Prize money:
EUR 20,000

Terms of application:
The DECHEMA Prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements in DECHEMA’s sphere of  interest which are of fundamental importance and serve as an impetus for innovative developments. Preference is given to the work of younger, early career scientists who, for instance, do not yet hold a permanent professorship or a comparable position in a research institution or industry.

Deadline:

Proposals should be submitted by September 15 every year.

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Minerva Foundation - Award for research Cooperation and High Excellence in Science

Target group:
German-Israeli research teams, led by two highly qualified and talented postdocs

Area of studies:
Chemistry, physics, technology and mathematics

Terms of application:
Both leading junior researchers must have completed their doctorate after 2008 and be internationally recognized. Self-nominations are not possible.

Prize money:
EUR 266,000 for three teams of researchers each

Deadline:
No further calls for proposals are planned for the time being.

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Ministry of Science and the Arts (MWK) Baden-Württemberg - Award for courageous Research

Target group:
Scientists under 45 years who have successfully attained a doctorate

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
An additional scientific publication of the scientist is honored (not his or her doctoral dissertation).

The prize is to be awarded to outstanding researchers who,  

  • dedicated or are dedicating themselves to scientifically risky projects and who had successes contrary to their peers' expectations;
  • prevailed on the road to academic success against obstacles (such as scholarships denied or applications for funding of publication projects rejected);
  • have worked or are working on a promising scientific approach, the result of which is based on preparatory work which, although "failed" in a scientifically productive sense, but exactly because of that may just have made possible new findings and research paths.  

Prize money:
EUR 30,000

Deadline:
No further calls for proposals are planned for the time being.

 

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MTZ-Foundation/Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - MTZ-Award foor Medical Systems Biology (MTZ-Foundation Award)

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Medically oriented systems biology

Terms of application:
Only doctoral theses are eligible that originated in the context of BMBF funding schemes.

Prize money:
EUR 5,000

Deadline:
February 15, 2018. The next call for applications is expected in 2022.

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Paul Ehrlich Foundation - Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Young Talent Award

Target group:
Postdocs younger than 40 years, who are not a permanently appointed professor or in an equivalent position

Area of studies:
Biomedicine

Terms of application:
Self-nominations are not possible. Nominations may be made by members of faculty and senior scientists from research institutions in Germany.

Prize money:
EUR 60,000

Deadline:
The prize is awarded annually. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences - The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Biophysics

Terms of application:
The Chemistry field is: Physical Principles of Biological Systems. No age limit is applied to the prize candidates. An individual may not nominate oneself.

Prize:
USD 100,000

Deadline:
January 10, 2020. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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Research Foundation Flanders - ExxonMobil Chemical Prize

Target group:
Postdocs younger than 40 years

Area of studies:
Chemistry

Terms of application:
Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
EUR 40,000

Deadline:
May 20, 2019. The prize is awarded every (even) two years.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Roman Herzog Research Award - Social Market Economy

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
All dealing with the theme of "Social Market Economy".
Interdisciplinary contributions are most welcome.

Terms of application:
The Roman Herzog research award recognizes three outstanding dissertations or habilitations, which provide essential scientific approaches to the further development of the successful model "social market economy". The submitted research should include a sound analysis of the current relevant regulatory issues. At the time of application, applicants should be no older than 40 years and the research no older than three years. Self-nominations as well as proposals by the faculties and institutes are possible.

Prize money:
EUR 20,000, EUR 10,000 and EUR 5,000

Deadline:
December 31 every year

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

 

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Rudolf-Kaiser Foundation - Rudolf Kaiser Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Experimental physics

Terms of application:
The prize is awarded a young scientist, who can already show scientific achievements, but has not yet been offered a German professorship.

Prize money:
EUR 30,000

Deadline:
April 30, 2020.
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Schering Stiftung - Friedmund Neumann Prize

Target group:
Postdocs younger than 38 years of age

Area of studies:
Biology, chemistry and medicine

Terms of application:
The nominees have to be active in Germany. Self-nominations are not possible.

Prize money:
EUR 10,000

Deadline:
February 17, 2021, ongoing

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Schmalenbach Foundation - Schmalenbach Award

Target group:
Postdocs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Area of studies:
Business administration

Terms of application:
Dissertations in English or German may be submitted that were evaluated at least with the grade "magna cum laude". Completion of the doctorate may at the time of application date back no longer than twelve months.

Prize money:
EUR 10,000

Deadline:
March 31 every year

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Sigrid and Viktor Dulger-Foundation - Ecology Award

Target group:
Postdocs younger than 35 years of age

Area of studies:
Humanities, social and natural sciences and engineering disciplines that deal with environmental issues and solutions

Terms of application:
The nominated works should have been published or submitted for publication in the course of the past two years.

Prize money:
EUR 6,000

Deadline:
October 15 every year

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Statistisches Bundesamt (Federal Statistical Office of Germany) - Gerhard Fürst Award

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Statistics

Terms of application:
Nominations may be made of works in English or German works are rated at least "magna cum laude". No Self-nomination is possible. The work may be proposed by supervising scientists for an award. The Federal Statistical Office awards the Gerhard Fürst prize in the categories doctoral dissertations and master's and bachelor theses (including diploma and "Magister" theses).

Prize money:
EUR 5,000

Deadline:
March 31 every year


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Donors' association for the promotion of humanities in Germany and Baden-Württemberg Foundation - Fellowships for Innovations in Higher Education/ Junior Fellowships

Target group:
Doctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Teaching at university level

Terms of application:
The fellowships are individual, personalized support that gives the fellows the freedom and resources they need to carry out their development projects. In a tandem fellowship, two people share the funding. The allocation of several fellowships for a single development project is excluded.

Applications can only be submitted via the university administration.

Prize money:
EUR 15,000 (Junior-Fellowships)

Deadline:
June 17, 2020 (at KIT). The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

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Foundation fiat panis - Josef G. Knoll European Science Award

Target group:
Postdocs who graduated from a European university, younger than 40 years

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The objective of the award is to encourage young professionals to work intensively on solutions to fight against hunger in countries with food deficits.

Prize money:
EUR 30,000

Deadline:
Awarded every second (even) year  

 

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Polytechnic Foundation of Frankfurt am Main - Polytechnic Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Didactics of mathematics, computer science, science and technology

Terms of application:
The prize is awarded for the development of innovative concepts to teach mathematics, science and technical content in school education.

Prize money:
EUR 70,000

Deadline:
The prize is awarded every two years.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe - NEOInnovation Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
The topic changes annually. For 2020, the topic is “Innovations in the bioeconomy”. “

Terms of application:
Sought are innovations, which have a compelling underlying guiding principle. The innovation should be easy to communicate to a broad public and make an important contribution to the solution of a current important issue in research. Basic research should not be the subject of the application. Products or services that are common or have already been applied for years and to the general awareness are no longer a novelty, should not be subject of the application.

Prize money:
June 3, 2020. EUR 20,000

Deadline:
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet. The prize is awarded annually.

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The Royal Society - Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture

Target group:
Female postdocs

Area of studies:
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Prize money:
GBP 40,000 (ca. EUR 45,000)

Deadline:
February 15, 2021. The prize is awarded annually.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation - The Volvo Environment Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Nomination guidelines:

  • The span of disciplines and activities for which nominations can be made is very wide. The work of nominees should be based on scientific grounds.
  •  Nominations must clearly describe and explain the nominee´s main achievements and their importance.
  • Nominations should be submitted in English using the official form available on the Internet at www.environment-prize.com.

Prize money:
SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 137,000)

Deadline:
January 10, 2021

 

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Association of Baden-Würrtemberg Female Scientists - Maria Gräfin von Linde Prize

Target group:
Female postdocs

Area of studies:
Life sciences and social and cultural studies

Terms of application:
Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
Two prizes with EUR 1,000 each

Deadline:
The prize is awarded every two years.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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The Association of German Engineers (VDI) and German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) - International Bionic Award

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Bionic product development

Terms of application:
Awards go to an outstanding work, e.g. of a bionic product development or a doctoral dissertation / habilitation, which was completed in the last two years prior to the filing date. Participation is open to both individuals and teams. The call is international. Young scientists can submit their work in English to the VDI Society Technologies of Life Sciences (TLS).

Prize money:
EUR 5,000

Deadline:
The prize is awarded anually.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR)..

 

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Association for the Promotion of the Langen Science Prize - Langen Science Prize 

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Biotechnology, media technology and health research

Terms of application:
Both individual and group applications may be submitted, preferably by younger scientists.
Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
EUR 15,000

Deadline:
May 31, 2019. The prize is awarded every two years.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Volkswagen Foundation - Opus Primum Award

Target group:
Postdocs younger than 35 years of age

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The annual prize is awarded to a German-language publication of high scientific quality, written in a well readable way and understandable to a broader public. Self-nominations are not possible. The publication may not be an anthology, journal article or paper.

Prize money:
EUR 10,000
The prize money is intended for own further research in the field, to attend scientific conferences or the purchase of literature for research projects.

Deadline:
May 21, 2019. The prize is awarded every year.
The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Werner und Inge Grüter Foundation - Werner and Inge Grüter Prize for Science Education

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Natural sciences

Terms of application:
Self-nominations are possible as well as nominations by third parties. Applications by younger scientists are especially welcome. Purely scientific publications are not eligible.

Prize money:
EUR 10,000

Deadline:
February 28, 2021

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).



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Wilhelm Lauer Foundation - To promote young talent in geo-ecological research

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Geography, landscape ecology and high altitude mountain research

Terms of application:
Nominations may be made by professors competent in the respective fields. Self-nominations are not possible; but the foundation specifically encourages potential candidates to motivate their supervisors to submit a nomination.

Prize money:
EUR 5,000

Deadline:
June 11, 2015. The deadline for 2021 has not been announced yet.

 

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Willy Hager Foundation - Willy Hager Prize

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Water and wastewater treatment

Terms of application:
As a rule, the work’s focus should be on solving process engineering problems. It is also possible to submit joint works by several scientists. The work is to have been carried out no more than three years ago at a German university.

Prize money:
EUR 6,000

Deadline:
October every year

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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Wolfang Ritter Foundation - Wolfgang Ritter Prize 

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Business administration and economics

Terms of application:
Authors from science and research of all nationalities are eligible. Doctoral dissertations and habilitations other monographs are eligible, but no cumulative works. Publications may be in German or English. The works must be published and may not be published more than two years prior to deadline. Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

Prize money:
EUR 20,000

Deadline:
Every year in spring.

Those interested please contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).


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