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Outreach and AwardsFoundation BrainAid/IZN Dissertation Award


For the best dissertation in the Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences

The Foundation BrainAid/IZN Dissertation Award is a prize for an outstanding dissertation (PhD, MD, or similar) in the Neurosciences. The award comes with 500 € in prize money. Candidates must be current members of IZN research groups or have been members while the relevant work was performed. Self-nomination of candidates is encouraged.  

Deadline for nominations for the 2025 award is May 30, 2025. The prize will be awarded during the annual IZN Retreat at Kloster Schöntal.

Applications should include:

  • CV
  • Scientific justification (one page, single spaced, Arial 11)
  • Summary of the significance of the work in lay terms (half page, single spaced, Arial 11)
  • PDF of the dissertation submitted in 2024 or before May 30, 2025

Please email your application to the chair of the selection committee, Prof. Dr. Andreas Draguhn: Andreas.Draguhn@physiologie.uni-heidelberg.de.

Past Winners

2024: Janina Kupke (Oliveira lab)

2023: Jose Ricardo da Cruz Vieira (Ruiz de Almodóvar lab)

2022: David Brito (Oliveira lab)

2021: Jing Yan (Bading lab)

2020: Jakob Wasserthal (Maier-Hein lab)