Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Call for Nominations 
„Danubius Young Scientist Award“ 2014 

The Danubius Award was created in 2011 by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and 
Research (BMWF) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) with the intention to honour individuals with extraordinary scientific achievements and output in 
relation to the Danube Region. Within a rotation system, achievements in the fields of 
humanities, social sciences and cultural studies are awarded in one year, and achievements 
in the field of life sciences in the following year. 
For 2014, it is envisaged to complement this award with a specific prize for young scientists – the so-called “Danubius Young Scientist Award”. This award will be given to 14 young 
scientists - one in each country that is part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region 
[Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, 
Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and the Ukraine]. 
The award seeks to encourage young scientists to engage in the scientific examination of 
issues and questions specifically related to the Danube, and to stimulate the scientific 
community in the Danube region. 
The award will be endowed with € 1,200.- for each winner of the Young Scientist Award. 

AWARD Criteria 

  • Scientific excellence and innovative approach of the candidate’s academic work 
  • Thematic relevance of the candidate’s scientific work for issues related to the Danube Region 
  • Relevance of the candidate’s scientific work beyond the national borders 
  • Potential of the candidate (for example: integration in international networks, participation in scientific projects, publication history, teaching experience etc. - as appropriate and realistic for the respective career level) 
  • Participation is restricted to candidates, who have received their PhD not more than 5 years ago. 

Documents have to be submitted in English (exception: copy of proof of the academic degree 
received) and have to consist of the following parts: 
A) 3 to maximum 5 pages summary of the candidate’s scientific work 
(e.g. thesis, dissertation, journal article, scientific publication etc.) 
B) 1 page statement explaining the relevance of the candidate’s work for the Danube 
region and the relevance beyond national borders as appropriate 
C) Curriculum Vitae of the candidate (max 3 pages) 
D) Copy of the document related to the highest academic degree awarded (to verify the 
criterion of max. 5 years after PhD) 
Place of submission and deadline: 
Nominations will be accepted in electronic format and in English only. 
Nominations including all relevant documents have to be sent to: danubius@drc-danube.org 
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, 14th February 2014 at 24:00. 
The candidate has to be nominated by his/her hosting scientific organisation (university, 
academy of sciences, etc.) meaning that the candidate himself / herself cannot apply for the 
Every academic institution can only nominate one candidate for their entire institution (not 
one candidate per institute, faculty etc.). 
An international expert jury will be established (including members of the Danube Rectors´ 
Conference) that will be responsible for assessing all incoming nominations and for drawing 
up a final ranking. 
The most highly ranked candidate from each of the countries of the EU Strategy for the 
Danube Region will be recommended for the award. The award ceremony is expected to take place in Austria in May 2014 together with the regular Danubius Award ceremony. 

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