Danubius Young Scientist Award 2022

(Press realease of the IDM)

The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBFW) and the Institute for Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) created the Danubius Award in 2011, with the intention to honor persons with extraordinary achievements in their scientific activity and output in relation to the Danube region.

To complement this award with a specific prize for young scientists – the so-called „Danubius Young Scientist Award competition” is now open for nominations! The application deadline has been extended until 15th of June 2022.

14 young scientists will be granted this award - one for each country that is part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region [Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and the Ukraine].

The award seeks to highlight the scientific work and talent of young researchers and enhance the visibility of the scientific community in the region: Moreover, the award encourages young scientists to engage in the scientific examination of the multifaceted issues and questions specifically related to the Danube region.

The award will endow 1.350 EUR for each winner of the Danubius Young Scientist Award.

Award Criteria:

  •     Scientific excellence and innovative approach of the academic work
  •     Thematic relevance of the scientific work for issues/problems of the Danube Region
  •     Relevance of the scientific work beyond the national borders
  •     Potential of the candidate (for example: integration in international networks, participation in scientific projects, publication history, experience in teaching etc.)
  •     No formal age limit - but limitation to participants that have received their Master/PhD max. 5 years ago (= after 1st of January 2017)
  •     Submissions of candidates holding only a bachelor degree will not be accepted


The nomination of the award candidate cannot be made by the candidate himself/herself but he or she has to be nominated by their hosting scientific organization (university, academy of sciences, research organization etc.).

Candidates for the Danubius Young Scientist Award can come from all scientific disciplines. The number of nominations per organization is limited to a maximum number of five, meaning every university, academy of sciences or research organization etc. can nominate up to a maximum of five candidates in total. However, the five candidates have to come from different faculties or departments, institutes or research groups within the organization. If more than five applications arrive, those arriving via the rectorate or management of the organization will be given preference, as it is assumed that they have gone through an internal coordination process.

It is expected that the award ceremony will take place in October/November 2022. The details will be announced in due time.

Moreover, thanks to the ongoing kind support by the JRC, the awardees will be invited by the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre to visit the JRC in Ispra, Italy in 2023.

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