Young Scientist Award

The DGGN Young Scientists‘ Award

The German Society for the History of Neuroscience (DGGN) presents the DGGN Young Scientists Award every two years for outstanding dissertations by young scientists.
The prize is endowed with a sum of 500,- €.


Young scientists whose dissertations were completed within the last four years before submission on a topic in the history of psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy, neurology, neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, medical psychology or another neurological subject in German-speaking countries are eligible to apply. The dissertation must have been assessed with the predicate „magna cum laude“ or „summa cum laude“.

Award criteria

Awards may be granted for work that stands out from other dissertations in terms of excellence and originality and provides new impulses for the history of neuroscience.
The following will also be taken into account in the evaluation
– the exploitation of the results (lectures, publications, etc.)
– the interdisciplinary nature of the work
– the social relevance of the results

Application procedure

Applicants must submit a brief curriculum vitae with their academic career, doctoral thesis (manuscript DIN A4 as well as a digital file of the thesis), doctoral certificate and, if applicable, other relevant manuscripts (publications, etc.). In addition, applicants should outline on no more than one page the significance of their work for the history of the neurosciences.
It is not possible to reapply.

Deadline for the submission of proposals

The deadline for submission of applications is November 30, 2023.

Applications should be sent to the Chair of the DGGN:

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Müller, M.A.
Department for the History and Ethics of Medicine
Centre for Psychiatry South Württemberg /
Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy I
of the University of Ulm
Weingartshofer Street 2
88214 Ravensburg

The Jury

The DGGN Board of Directors decides on the award of the prize on the basis of the recommendation of the Scientific Advisory Board.

The following conditions are attached to the award of the prize:

The prize winner should give a lecture at the DGGN conference at which the prize is awarded. A partial contribution or the summary of the dissertation will be published in the DGGN publication series.

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Müller, M.A.