Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize

The Hertie Foundation (Germany), in cooperation with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), awards the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize.

An international jury of leading neuroscientists selects the candidate. The prize is officially awarded in Germany and the winner gives the Eric Kandel Prize Lecture at the FENS Forum.

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Award Type: Personal Award, Research Award

Prize Money: 100,000 Euro

Granting Body: Hertie Foundation

Other Benefits or Honours: The prize was established in 2009 to recognise outstanding work by young researchers in any field of neuroscience. The prize includes: - Prize money of € 50,000.00 for personal use, - A research budget of € 50,000.00 for a scientific cooperation (partnership or mentoring) which extends the laureate’s area of research, - The Eric Kandel Prize Lecture at the FENS Forum 2024 in Vienna, Austria

Eligibility: All European neuroscientists under the age of 40, who have demonstrated outstanding and independent scientific creativity and productivity, as documented by multiple and excellent publications in leading scientific journals, are eligible. The age limit may be extended for specific circumstances such as maternity and paternity leave (max. 2 years per child).

Age Limit: 40

Requirements: Candidates must be nominated by the head of their university/research institute or by an internationally renowned neuroscientist. Self-nomination is not possible. Nominations must include the following documentation: 1) a letter of recommendation (not exceeding two pages), 2) the candidate’s curriculum vitae including 3) a publication list, 4) three key publications in PDF format with at least one independent publication from the candidate’s lab, 5) a cover letter by the nominee, stating clearly what he/she expects from a scientific cooperation for the professional advancement.

Contact Details

Name: Dr Alexander Grychtolik, Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung

Address: Grüneburgweg 105 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Phone: 49069660756156