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Copernicus Award

The Copernicus Award is conferred every two years to two researchers, one in Germany and one in Poland, for outstanding achievements in German-Polish research cooperation in all fields of science and the humanities. It is conferred jointly by the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science (Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej, FNP).

The prize money of € 200,000, which is donated by the DFG and the FNP in equal shares, is divided evenly between the laureates. Award winners may use the prize money for any scientific purpose that is within the scope of the funding programmes of both organizations. The funds should be used to further intensify Polish-German research cooperation.

The award is granted on the basis of nominations received by a third party or on the basis of self-nominations. Researchers holding a PhD working at universities and/or research institutions in Germany and Poland are eligible to nominate candidates. Previous laureates and research institutions that are devoted to German-Polish cooperation are invited to propose candidates as well. Laureates will be selected by a jury of six researchers, three of whom are working in Germany and three in Poland. The German jury members will be appointed for a four-year term of office by the DFG's Executive Committee, and the Polish representatives will be selected by the FNP. In order to cover all fields of science and the humanities represented by the candidates, up to four associate jury members may be appointed. The award ceremony will take place alternately in Poland and in Germany.

Jury members

  • Prof. Dr. Immo Fritsche, University of Leipzig
  • Prof. dr. hab. Agnieszka Halemba, Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • Prof. dr. hab. Paweł Idziak, Jagiellonian University Krakow
  • Prof. dr. hab. Marek Samoć, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
  • Prof. Dr. Justyna Wolinska, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Wurstbauer, University of Münster

Information about the Programme

Type of Prize

As a rule, the award is jointly conferred every two years to two researchers, one in Germany and one in Poland.

Purpose

The award is conferred for outstanding contributions to German-Polish research cooperation.

Number and Value of Awards

The prize money of € 200,000 is donated in equal shares by the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science (Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej). The award is divided equally between the recipients and is awarded for a maximum of three years. Awardees may use the money for any scientific purpose that is within the scope of the funding programmes of both organizations. Funds should be used to further intensify research cooperation. Use of prize funds by the German partner is subject to the DFG's usage guidelines. Use of prize funds by the Polish partner is subject to the applicable Polish regulations.

Nominations

The award is conferred on the basis of nominations or self-nominations. Researchers holding a PhD who work at universities and/or research institutions in Germany and Poland are eligible to nominate candidates. They will be made aware of the award by a public call for nominations. In addition, all previous laureates and research institutions that are devoted to German-Polish cooperation are invited to submit nominations.

Selection Criteria

The award will be conferred to individual researchers. Candidates will be evaluated according to the scientific excellence of joint achievements and the success of the cooperation. Researchers may only receive the Copernicus Award once.

Selection of Prize Winners

Awardees will be selected by a jury of six researchers, three of whom are working in Germany and three in Poland. The jury elects a chair, who is eligible to vote, from among its members. The German members will be appointed by the DFG and the Polish representatives by the FNP for a four-year term of office. The German members of the jury will be appointed by the DFG's Executive Committee. Members of the jury may be re-elected once. In order to cover all fields of science and the humanities represented by the candidates, up to four associate jury members may be appointed.

Nomination Deadlines

Deadlines will be announced in the public call for nominations.

Documents Required

Nominations should contain the following documents in English:

  • An appraisal (description of achievements with regard to German-Polish scientific cooperation)
  • Curricula vitae in tabular form (max. two pages)
  • A list of up to ten publications based on verifiable joint research in support of the achievement(s)
  • An additional independent letter of reference for each couple of scientists when the nomination is submitted by a third party, two independent letters of reference in case of self-nomination.

Additional information on submitting nominations is contained in the call.

Forms and Guidelines