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Referent des Prorektors für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs

Dr. Jan Söhlke

Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2

Büro: AR-NA 509

D-57076 Siegen

Telefon +49 271 740-5077

E-Mail: jan.soehlke@uni-siegen.de

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Internal Awards for Young Researchers

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Every year, young scientists of the University of Siegen receive awards for outstanding scientific achievements, partly in cooperation with regional institutions.
Each supervisor of an award-worthy treatise can propose the author to the Prorectorate for Research & Young Scientific Staff. First, a few key points concerning the individual awards. (The exact guidelines can be found behind the blue-marked text. Please write me an email if there are still questions at jan.soehlke@uni-siegen.de).

Dirlmeier Stiftung

Two prizes are awarded by the Dirlmeier Foundation: the historian pize for scientific dissertations from the field of history, as well as the sponsorship award, which is open to all disciplines. Dissertation and Habilitation dissertations are preferred, but Master Thesis or Bachelor Thesis may also be proposed.

The international Newcomer prize is planned for the award of outstanding dissertations and is to honor a foreign doctoral student.

DAAD Preis

The DAAD-Prize is also planned for the international newcomers of the University of Siegen. However, here the focus is on the intercultural or social commitment of a student. Even if the student should demonstrate good study performance, the award is NOT intended for the award of a thesis (also not a doctorate).


The Gender Studies Center at the University of Siegen awards the Wolfgang-Popp-Preis to dissertations that cover topics from the field of gender studies.

Preis der Industrie und Handelskammer Siegen-Wittgenstein

The prize of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce is intended for graduation work from the fields of engineering, business, natural sciences, or other areas close to the economic sphere. The work should be able to substantiate a high level of application relevance, i.e. practical research.

Preise der Kreise Altenkirchen, Olpe und Siegen-Wittgenstein

This is also a precondition for the awards of the districts of Altenkirchen, Olpe and Siegen-Wittgenstein, but always in connection with the respective district. This reference to the district can be as follows: For the prizes of the districts Altenkirchen  and of Olpe, either
a) the student has completed his schooling there (+ application / practical benefit for the [general] economy)
b) the work was created in cooperation with a company from the district
c) the work is a structural study for a question from the region of the district.

Preis des Kreises Siegen-Wittgenstein

For the prize of the district Siegen-Wittgenstein there is the additional possibility to submit a treatise from the humanities, social sciences or artistic subject areas (besides the economic ones). However, a special application relevance is also presupposed here. If this requirement is not met, the general university entrance qualification must have been obtained at a school from the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein.

Please submit all necessary documents, except for the printed version of the proposed thesis, via email (in the unprotected PDF format) to the speaker of the Prorector for Research and Young Scientific Staff, Jan Söhlke (jan.soehlke@uni-siegen.de). Also, please fill in this form and use it as cover sheet of your documents.

In cooperation with the districts of Siegen-Wittgenstein, Altenkirchen and Olpe, as well as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the University of Siegen awards the following prizes for theses:

Wolfgang-Popp-Prize for Gender Studies
The center of Gender Studies awards the Wolfgang-Popp-Prize to graduation work (especially masters theses) concerning the topics of Gender Studies. The submission deadline is the 15th January 2020.