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Prizes and awards for doctoral researchers

Prizes and awards prove your scientific quality and are an important – and often overlooked – component of scientific career development. Every year, the TU Dortmund University awards prizes for the best dissertation in each of the 17 departments.

Science awards distinguish excellent researchers and thus increase their chances of a successful academic career. Prizes are not reserved for experienced researchers alone:

Doctoral researchers can already win prizes for their Master's theses, for outstanding articles, or conference contributions. After completing your doctorate, you can also consider dissertation prizes awarded by the departments of the TU Dortmund University, but also by external organizations.

The Research Support Services and Graduate Center mailing list provides you with regular updates on the latest announcements in your field.

TU Dortmund University: Dissertation prize of the departments

Through their work in research and teaching, doctoral researchers greatly contribute to the success of the TU Dortmund University. The university honors this commitment annually with the dissertation prize.

The Rectorate honors authors of outstanding dissertations written at the TU Dortmund University.

Each Department awards the dissertation prize once a year. Central criteria for the award are:

  • Scientific originality and innovation value
  • Form of presentation, especially with regard to clarity, thought leadership, and comprehensibility
  • Importance for the further development of the field
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The prize money is up to 1,500 euros. For further information, please visit the website of your Department. The central contact person for the dissertation prize is Jörg Harhaus from the Department of Data Protection, Committees, Allowances. Send an e-mail

National and international awards

For doctoral researchers of all disciplines, there are numerous national and international competitions aimed at outstanding early career researchers. Among the most prestigious prizes for doctoral researchers or dissertations are:

In addition, there are numerous foundations and professional societies that regularly award prizes for special achievements by early career researchers. Our mailing list provides you with regular updates on the latest announcements in your field.

For awards with a nomination procedure (instead of a direct application), either professors nominate directly or the university management does so.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Verena Risse, Assistant to the Vice President Research, by e-mail.

Further services for doctoral researchers