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Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, named after the physicist and former president of the DFG, is a distinction for young researchers and provides further incentive for excellent achievements in their research work.

Information about the Programme

Type of Prize

Annual award


The prize is awarded to young researchers as a distinction for outstanding achievement. It is intended to assist young researchers in furthering their scientific careers. The prize is not to be seen simply as a distinction of the thesis alone. Rather, prizewinners will have already established an independent scientific career since having gained their doctorates.

Number and Value of Awards

Ten prizes of €20,000 each. The prize is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research.


The prize is awarded on the basis of nominations received in response to an invitation for recommendations from the DFG. Nominees may be put forward by: the elected members of DFG Review Boards, all Universities and other doctorate-granting higher education institutions in Germany, the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres, the Fraunhofer Society, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Association. Direct applications are not accepted.

Selection Criteria

The prize may be awarded to young researchers who hold a doctorate in any discipline, and who have done outstanding research work either at a research institution in Germany or a German research institution abroad. Nominations may be put forward for researchers who hold a "habilitation", junior professors, holders of an Emmy Noether Fellowship, leaders of independent junior research groups and other young researchers of a comparable status. Tenured full professors, or those in industry with a commensurate salary and benefits package, will not be considered.

Selection of Prizewinners

The prizewinners are chosen by a selection committee appointed by the DFG and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Nomination Deadlines

The deadline for submission of nominations in 2017 is 31 August.

Documents Required

A one- to two-page testimonial, an academic CV, a current list of publications, and up to five important publications

Forms and Guidelines

Programme Contacts

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