German Thesis Award

Every year, Körber-Stiftung presents the German Thesis Award to the best of young German researchers. We award prizes totalling more than € 100,000 for significant and innovative research, including three top prizes of € 25,000 each. This makes the German Thesis Award one of the most highly endowed prizes awarded to young scientists in the country. The competition is held under the auspices of Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble. In addition to academic excellence, the German Thesis Award particularly focuses on the broader social relevance of a particular piece of research. As such, the award encourages young scientists to underscore the value of their research to society and to discuss their work in public.

Knowledge of the German language is obligatory to apply for the German Thesis Award. The application essay as well as a presentation before the jury are in German. Additionally, participants need either to have German citizenship or to have earned their PhD from a German university.

all winners of the German Thesis Award (in German)

Gallery

  • Thesis Award Winner Anne Christine Holtmann discusses her research results with members of the German Bundestag in “An Hour with Young Science”   Photo: Gesine Born  
  • Finalist Thomas Seel presents his research project to the Jury of the Natural and Engineering Sciences section   Photo: David Ausserhofer  
  • Jury member Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl during the closing presentation of the Social Sciences section   Photo: André Wagenzik  
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees Eckhard Nagel   Photo: André Wagenzik  
  • Thesis Award Winner Ines Schreiver during the presentation of her entry in the Natural and Engineering Sciences section   Photo: André Wagenzik  
  • Jury member Peter-André Alt during the closing presentation of the Humanities and Cultural Science section   Photo: David Ausserhofer  
  • Thesis Award Winner Katharina Neumann during the prize-giving ceremony in the German Parliamentary Society in Berlin   Photo: Gesine Born  
  • Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the Bundestag and Patron of the German Thesis Award, during the prize-giving ceremony in Berlin   Photo: Gesine Born  
  • Winners of the German Thesis Award 2019 with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Eckhard Nagel (l.), Executive Board Chairman of Körber Stiftung Lothar Dittmar (2.f.l.) and President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble (centre)   Photo: Gesine Born  
  • Contact

    Friederike Schneider
    Programme Director
    German Thesis Award; Global University Leaders Council Hamburg

    +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 151
    schneider@koerber-stiftung.de

    Nina Ritter
    Programme Manager
    German Thesis Award; Global University Leaders Council Hamburg

    +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 150
    ritter@koerber-stiftung.de

    Petra Althelmig
    Office Manager
    German Thesis Award; Global University Leaders Council Hamburg

    +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 143
    althelmig@koerber-stiftung.de

    Sabine Stutterheim
    Office Manager
    German Thesis Award; Global University Leaders Council Hamburg

    +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 143
    stutterheim@koerber-stiftung.de