Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Humboldt Prize



The Humboldt Prize - i.e. the prize of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for exceptional academic work by students or junior academics - has been awarded since 2008 according to the following new guidelines:

  • EUR 750 for bachelor’s dissertations,
  • EUR 1500 for master’s, diploma or public examination papers,
  • EUR 3000 for doctoral theses,
  • EUR 2000 for a paper which engages with the topics “Judaism” or “Anti-Semitism”.
  • EUR 1000 Innovation Prize for the best „Research to Innovation” qualification thesis (each 1x Bachelor/Master/Dissertation). Plus a two-hour coaching session by the Humboldt-Startupservice or Innovation Management.


Particular academic achievements of students and doctoral candidates can also be taken into account, for example projects which have been developed since the last submission deadline (1 July of the year past), but which were not associated with the degree categories named above.

Only deans of faculties can make nominations.

In principle, a maximum of one paper per category and institute or faculty (for monofaculties) may be submitted.

The prizes will be handed over to the prizewinners at the opening of the respective academic year by the president of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


The following documents should be submitted in PDF format in two files (maximum of 10 MB) and divided as follows:

  • At Humboldt Prize / Special Prize:
    • The degree thesis, if it has been completed after the closing date for applications of the previous year.
    • two expert evaluations,
    • curriculum vitae,
    • list of publications,
    • statement of opinion from the faculty's Dean,
    • a short summary provided by the writer of the paper, in generally understandable language, in which the relevance of the paper in its academic, inter- and transdisciplinary context is clearly expressed (maximum of 3,000 characters)
    • a copy of the graduation certificate or PhD certificate.


  • Innovation Prize:
    • the work itself
    • a curriculum vitae including a list of publications
    • a recommendation from the faculty´s Dean
    • a brief statemant of a Humboldt Startup Consultant or Innovation Manager focusing on innovation and market potential 
    • a short and comprehensible summary (max. 1.500 characters), in which also the relevance of the work in the application-oriented context is expressed (e.g. description of the problem of the addressed stakeholders, outline of the market potential) 
    • a copy of the graduate certification (Abschlusszeugnis) or the doctoral certificate


Deadline: 01.07.2022


Applications please by 1 July of each year to:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Servicezentrum Forschung
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Tel.: 030-2093-12918

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