Bernd Rendel Prize in Geoscience

The DFG has been awarding the Bernd Rendel Prize annually since 2002 to geoscientists with a university degree but as yet no doctorate. The prizes are funded by the proceeds from the Bernd Rendel Foundation, which is administered by Stifterverband, and is intended to be used for scientific purposes, for example to enable recipients to attend international conferences and congresses.

The criteria for the award include the quality and originality of research work to date, which is not however required to be complete (thesis for a Diplom or master's degree, dissertations or other work in progress). Particular attention is given to the chosen research approach and the candidates' scientific potential.

Type of Award

Personal award normally presented annually, with the prize money being earmarked for scientific purposes. Recipients are required to write a brief report on the use of the prize money.


The prize is awarded to geoscientists who have graduated, but do not yet hold a doctorate, and who have demonstrated great potential in their scientific career. The award must be used for scientific purposes, e.g. enabling prizewinners to attend international conferences and congresses.

Number and Value of Awards

The prize is funded by the proceeds from the Bernd Rendel Foundation, which is administered by the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany. Two prizes (at the moment € 2000 each) are awarded each year, depending on the foundation’s income.

Selection of Recipients

Prizewinners are selected by the DFG's Executive Committee on the basis of recommendations put forward by a selection committee appointed by DFG Head Office, which is normally composed of members of the geosciences review boards.

Nomination Deadlines

The proposal deadline ends in mid-February each year. Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by any researcher working in a closely related field.

Documents Required

  • Letter with max. 1-page justification
  • Curriculum vitae and brief description of work in progress and any planned work which places previous publications in context (DFG form 10.40)
  • Diplom or master's thesis and any publications
  • Letter of endorsement
  • Statement on the proposed use of the prize money

Forms and Guidelines


Dr. Ismene Seeberg-Elverfeldt
Telephone: +49 (228) 885-2825