Research awards

The University of Kassel seeks to support academic career development by strategically nominating established as well as early-career researchers for research awards and prizes.

The Research Support team provides an overview of the relevant awards and prizes and advises on the various application and nomination procedures, coordinating the application processes for any awards or prizes requiring an instiutional nomination.

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If you have any questions about academic awards, calls for proposals or questions on a specific nomination, please contact the Research Support team.

Overview of current awards for researchers and projects

Overview of current awards: More

Application and nomination process

Many research awards require nomination by the university presidential board or other researchers, i.e. self-nomination is not possible. The University of Kassel nominates academics for their outstanding achievements following a decision by the presidential board. In some areas, the faculty dean’s office or colleagues can submit nominations to the relevant foundations.

List of research awards and prizes (selection)

Academy Award of the BBAW Deadline: end of November in even years
Alexander von Humboldt Professorship Deadlines: annually 15 April and 15 September
Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Award Deadline: in even years in April
Max Planck Humboldt Research Prize Deadline: annually at the end of November
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize Deadline: annually at the end of January
Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize Deadline: annually at the end of August
Communicator Prize Deadline: annually at the end of December
Gerda Henckel Prize Deadline: annually in January
Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize Deadline: annually in mid-May
Ernst Schering Prize Deadline: annually at the beginning of December
Balzan Prize Deadline: annually in March
Hector Science Prize Deadline: annually in August
Humboldt Research Award Application: possible at any time
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award currently: no call for applications
Bielefeld Research Prize Deadline: end of January in even years
Copernicus Prize Deadline: annually in July
Erwin Schrödinger Prize Deadline: annually at the beginning of March
Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize Deadline: in odd-numbered years in December
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Prize Application: possible at any time
Hamburg Research Prize Deadline: end of October in even-numbered years
Heineken Prizes Deadline: annually in mid-October
academics Prize: University Teacher of the Year Deadline: annually at the end of September
Excellence in teaching Deadline: annually in July
Hessian Demography Prize Deadline: annually in mid-March
Hessian Animal Welfare Research Prize Deadline: annually in mid-June
Hessian History and Regional Studies Research Prize Deadline: in odd-numbered years at the beginning of December

Nomination by the university

Albert Maucher Prize currently: no call for nominations
Alfried Krupp Award for young university lecturers Deadline: annually in mid-February



academics Prize: Young Researcher of the Year Deadline: annually at the end of September
German Study Award Deadline: annually in March
Leopoldina Early Career Award Deadline: every two years
Georg Forster Research Award Deadline: annually at the end of October
Maria Weber-Grant Deadline: annually mid-September

Finding awards and prizes

More awards and prizes can be found in the FIT database.