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Bernd Rendel Prize in Geoscience

The Bernd Rendel Prize is awarded annually by the DFG to qualified early career geoscientists who do not yet hold a doctorate. Criteria for the selection of awardees are quality and originality of the research as well as the scientific potential of the candidates.

Information about the Programme

Type of Prize

Annual personal award, with the prize money being earmarked for scientific purposes.


The prize is awarded to early career 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 € 1500 each) are awarded each year, depending on the foundation’s income.

Selection Criteria

Researchers from natural-science oriented fields in geoscience are eligible to receive the prize; researchers from humanities-oriented branches of geography are not eligible. Selection criteria include the quality and originality of previous research results or work in progress. The nominees’ future career plans and statements on the intended use of the prize money are also key selection criteria. Prizewinners are selected by the DFG’s Executive Board on the basis of recommendations put forward by a selection committee appointed by the DFG.

Nomination Deadlines

Mid February each year. Nominations may be submitted either by the researchers themselves, or by any researcher or academic working in a closely related field.

Documents Required

  • Detailed information on the nominee’s research to date (e.g. thesis, manuscripts, special publications) and future research plans
  • Tabular CV
  • List of publications
  • Copies of certificates
  • Statement on the proposed use of the prize money

Forms and Guidelines


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