Awards and honors

Every year, Masaryk University announces a competition for the Rector's Award. Each faculty then announces a competition for the Dean's Award, and it is also responsible for nominations for competitions announced outside Masaryk University. Such competitions include, for example, the Werner von Siemens Award, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Award for outstanding educational activities and extraordinary results of research, experimental development and innovation.

The goals of the competitions are different: to draw attention to the importance of quality educational activities, to support authors of the best student and scientific works, to appreciate the excellent work of university teachers, to highlight significant innovations in educational activities and examples of good practice, and thus to contribute to the development of Czech higher education, research and development.

Even in the case of competitions that do not directly require it, it is possible to support the nomination on behalf of the Rector of Masaryk University. If you are interested in this option, it is necessary that the nomination be approved in advance by the dean of the faculty (or the director of HS). If you are interested in such support, please contact us as soon as possible.

All university awards that have been granted can be found here. Awards awarded outside Masaryk University since 2011 can be found here (in Czech).

Currently announced awards

The Novo Nordisk Prize 2021

The Novo Nordisk Prize recognizes active scientists for their outstanding international contribution to the development of medical science. The award is intended to recognize and further support biomedical research in Europe.

The financial reward is DKK 5 million (approx. EUR 672 000) and consists of a research grant of DKK 4.5 million (approx. EUR 605 000) and a personal award of DKK 0.5 million (approx. EUR 67 000).

Applicants must:

  • demonstrate scientific excellence that has led to a major discovery or breakthrough in the understanding of human health and disease, prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of the disease,
  • must have a current position and an active research program at a public or non-profit research institution in a European country,
  • must serve as inspirational leaders and role models for young scientists.

Nominations can be submitted from April 1 to June 1, 2021. The Foundation welcomes the nominations of individual researchers or research institutions, including academic institutions and research funding agencies.

The nomination must be sent electronically via the nomination form. More information about the competition and the conditions of the nomination can be found on the website.

Alfred Bader Prize

Every year, the Czech Chemical Society announces awards for Czech scientists under the age of 35 (who do not have a main job abroad) for outstanding results in research in organic and bioorganic chemistry. The prize consists of a cash prize of $ 5,400 (approximately CZK 115,000) and a diploma.

In the category Prize for organic chemistry, applications can be sent until June 15, 2021. The usual content of the submitted works is organic synthesis, but the submitted works may also include studies of mechanisms.

The application is sent to the secretariat of the Czech Chemical Society in writing and contains: a summary of the candidate's work results, a short curriculum vitae, and copies of scientific publications. Recommendations and supporting documents are welcome.

Applicants for the Prize usually apply themselves to the secretariat of the Czech Chemical Society (Novotného lávka 5, 116 68 Prague 1), but colleagues, institutions as well as scientific councils and senates can also submit a proposal.

Detailed information on applications can be found on the website of the award.

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology 2021

The Eppendorf & Science International Award for Neurobiology is awarded annually to a young scientist under the age of 35 for significant neurobiological research based on molecular and cell biology methods over the past three years.

The application must be accompanied by (all in English):

  • a description of own research activity in accordance with current methods and advances in the field of neurobiology (max. 1000 words),
  • a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, senior colleague, etc.,
  • a curriculum vitae, including citations of all publications, academic awards, relevant professional experience. Attached to the CV are two selected publications of the applicant that are most relevant to the essay.

The award is associated with a financial reward of $ 25,000. The application must be sent electronically via the online form no later than June 15, 2021.

Further information on the prize is available on its website.

Awards relevant to the Faculty of Science

Dean's Awards

The Dean's Awards are governed by the Dean's Measure No. 7/2019 in the Terms of Scholarship Programmes of the Faculty of Science Masaryk University and are announced annually in order to support the creative activities of outstanding students of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral study programs. Proposals for the awards are submitted by the directors of individual institutes.

In 2021, two categories were announced:
a) the best student of the bachelor's and master's study program
b) the best student of the doctoral study program

For each category, the director of the institute can nominate 1 person, for large institutes up to 2 persons. There is no form for the Dean's Award, just send a short evaluation of the proposed student. No additional attachments are needed.

Rector's Award

Every year, the rector of Masaryk University issues a call for nominations for the Masaryk University Rector’s Award. This prize is awarded in several categories as established by MU Directive No. 7/2016 – Masaryk University Rector's Award (in Czech only). The winners receive an MU medal, a diploma, and a monetary award. The rector usually confers the awards during a ceremony held during Dies academicus or during other celebrations.

In 2021, the award was announced in the following categories:

  • Rector’s Award for Outstanding Creative Activity,
  • Rector’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Activity,
  • Rector’s Award for an Outstanding Sports Performance,
  • Rector’s Award for Extraordinary International Grant Competition Results,
  • Rector’s Award for Outstanding Research Results Achieved by Young Scientists under 35,
  • Rector’s Award for Long-term Excellence in Research,
  • Rector’s Award for Outstanding Teachers,
  • Rector’s Award for Innovations in Teaching,
  • Rector’s Award for Exceptional Students in MU Master’s Programmes,
  • Rector’s Award for Best students in MU Doctoral Programmes,
  • Rector’s Award for an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis,
  • Rector’s Award for the Active Development of Civil Society,
  • Rector’s Award for Volunteering.

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Award for Outstanding Results of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation

The prize may be awarded to natural persons for extraordinary results of research, experimental development and innovation achieved on the basis of support provided from targeted or institutional expenditures on research, experimental development and innovation from the budget chapter of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. five years.

Proposals for the competition are submitted by the Rector. If you are interested in a nomination, send us the complete documents in electronic form.

The prize status and other information are published here.

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Award for Excellent Educational Activities at the University

Every year, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports awards a prize for outstanding educational activity or for significant innovation in educational activity at a university. The aim is to highlight the importance of quality educational activities at universities, to appreciate the excellent work of university teachers, to highlight examples of good practice and significant innovations in educational activities, and to stimulate discussion on quality teaching at universities.

If you are interested in submitting a nomination on behalf of the Rector, send us the complete documents.
Detailed information can be found on the competition's website (in CZ).

Medal of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Every year, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports awards medals to individuals, legal entities, as well as groups of individuals for significant pedagogical, educational, scientific, sports or artistic activities performed in the field of education, youth or sports or for extraordinarily meritorious deeds in providing and improving conditions for education in the Czech Republic.

An individual can also be awarded a medal on the occasion of a life or work anniversary for long-term and excellent work in these areas.

The medal has two degrees:

  1. The 1st degree medal (silver) is awarded for long-term and excellent work in the field of education, youth or physical education or for an exceptionally meritorious deed in providing and improving conditions for education in the Czech Republic.
  2. Medal II. degree (bronze) is awarded for significant pedagogical, educational, scientific, sports or artistic activities performed in the field of education, youth or physical education.

Medals are usually awarded on the occasion of Teachers' Day on March 28; in cases worthy of special consideration, the medal may be awarded outside the specified period.

The proposal must have the following elements:
a) the exact designation of the person or persons nominated for the award of the medal (name, or names, surnames, date of birth, place of permanent residence or domicile and workplace, if it is a natural person) and business name or address and registered office if a legal person),
b) justification of the proposal for the award of the medal,
c) an indication enabling the applicant to be identified; anonymous suggestions are inadmissible.

The medal is handed over by the Minister or a person authorized by him. The award of the medal is evidenced by a diploma. The diploma bears the national emblem of the Czech Republic and the signature of the Minister.

More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (in CZ).

Awards L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science

Every year, the World UNESCO Organization and L'Oréal announce the L'Oréal For Women in Science project to support the implementation of important scientific research in the field of life sciences and chemical sciences.

Applications can be submitted by female Czech scientists (or foreign nationality but demonstrably working in Czech science respectively doing research in an institution in Czech republic for at least 1 year) doing research in the Czech Republic. The winners will be awarded 200 000 CZK each to be used to support research in the CR.

Eligibility criteria for the scientists participating in the project:

  • Doctoral degree in a doctoral study program in life and chemical sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology, etc.) or in physical sciences (such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, technologies, information sciences, science of the Earth and space, etc.).
  • Relevant research to be implemented in the Czech Republic
  • Applicants must be below the age of 40 on October 2021.

All applications are registered online via www.forwomeninscience.com and must include (in English):

  • application form
  • a copy of Ph.D. diploma
  • professional CV
  • recommendation of a superior researcher or head of the research institution where the project will be implemented
  • list of published work and citations in accordance with the Web of Science
  • list of best-published work and a short comment as to the importance of the results published
  • description of the proposed research in the following 12 months after receiving the award, max. 2 pages
  • motivation letter – max. 1 page
  • for scientists with foreign nationality: Proof of employment – confirmation of length of employment in Czech institution.

Nominations must be sent until February 28, 2021.

All the required information, including the entry form, is available on this website www.forwomeninscience.com.

Becquerel Prize for Nuclear Research 2021

Electricité de France, together with the French Embassy in the Czech Republic, is announcing a competition aimed at rewarding the best doctoral thesis in the field of nuclear research.

Conditions of participation:

  • doctoral thesis in the field of nuclear research
  • persons of Czech or Slovak nationality under the age of 33 (as of May 1, 2021)
  • students of the DSP program at a Czech research institution or university or young researchers who defended their dissertation in 2020 or 2021
  • their doctoral studies do not conflict with their work for Electricité de France
  • authorship of at least one scientific article published (or accepted) in a peer-reviewed international journal

The winners will receive a financial reward (CZK 65, 40, and 25,000), and the first two also receive a scholarship for an internship in France. The applications are handed over to prof. RNDr. Jiří Příhoda, CSc., the coordinator on behalf of MU 

Important dates:

  • April 25, 2021 – the coordinator selects the two best candidates and reports their names and contact information to the French Embassy in the Czech Republic
  • May 16, 2021 – the two best candidates will send the complete documentation* for the competition entry to e-mail sciences.prague@gmail.com
  • June 3, 2021 – oral presentation of candidates before the evaluation committee
  • June 23, 2021 – awards ceremony, the awards will be presented by the Nobel professor Jean-Marie Lehn (in case of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, the ceremony will be moved to September 30, 2021)

* Included in the applicants' application package is the application form available at the end of this document, accompanied by a CV, a list of publications, a summary, and a presentation of the applicant's research activities, and a letter of recommendation from the supervisor.

Brno City Prize

The Brno City Council annually awards the Brno City Prize for an important activity or work that has enriched one or more areas of public life and thus contributed to strengthening the good name of the city of Brno.

If you are interested in submitting a nomination on behalf of the Rector, send us the complete documents.

Detailed information and instructions for submitting a proposal can be found on the website of the statutory city of Brno (in CZ).

Czech Head Award

The company Česká hlava, together with the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, annually announces a competition for the most prestigious Czech award for the support of science, technology, development and knowledge. The aim is not only to reward top scientists, but also to popularize science, research and education with the general public and thus help to create suitable conditions for effective connection of research with production practice and to set such conditions that will enable and support this synergy .

If you are interested in submitting a nomination on behalf of the Rector, send us the complete documents.

The conditions of the competition for individual categories are set out in the Statute of the competition (in CZ).

Danubius Young Scientist Award

It is an award given to outstanding young researchers in the countries of the wider Danube region (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine). The condition is the relationship of the research to this geographical delimitation and maximum of 5 years from obtaining the title of Master or Ph.D.

Each winner will receive, in addition to the visibility of their work, an amount of EUR 1,350.

Award Criteria:

  • Scientific excellence and innovative approach of the academic work
  • Thematic relevance of the scientific work for issues/problems of the Danube Region
  • Relevance of the scientific work beyond the national borders
  • Potential of the candidate (for example: integration in international networks, participation in scientific projects, publication history, experience in teaching, etc.)
  • No formal age limit, but a limitation to participants that have received their Master/PhD max. 5 years ago (= after 1st of January 2016)
  • Submissions of candidates holding only a bachelor’s degree will not be accepted

Documents have to be submitted in English (exception: copy of the academic title received) and have to consist of the following parts:

  1. max. 2 pages summary of the scientific work (e.g. thesis, dissertation, journal article, scientific publication, etc.) and its specific relevance for the Danube Region 
  2. CV including publication list of the candidate (max. 3 pages)
  3. a copy of the document related to the award of the highest academic title received

Please merge parts 1 and 2 into one file (preferably in pdf format), while the copy of the academic degree can be a separate document.

Candidates for the Danubius Young Scientist Award can come from all scientific disciplines. The number of nominations per organization is limited to a maximum number of 3. The three candidates have to come from different faculties or departments, institutes or research groups within the organization.

More information can be found on the website of the award.

EMBO Gold Medal

The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually to young scientists for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.

Who can apply for the Gold Medal?
Molecular biologists who are currently working in one of the EMBC Member States and who are under the age of 40 years, or within 10 years of having obtained their PhD or equivalent. The winner of the EMBO Gold Medal receives a hand-crafted medal and a bursary of 10,000 euros.

Nominations
EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators are invited every year to nominate candidates for the medal. To be considered, a nomination must be supported by one proposer (EMBO Member or EMBO Young Investigator) and two sponsors (EMBO Members) and must include:

  1. Nomination form
  2. CV of the proposed candidate
  3. Individual statements (letters of support) from the proposer and the two sponsors indicating why they believe the candidate should be considered for the medal

Selection of the winner
A committee comprising the EMBO Council, the Director of EMBO and the Secretary General of EMBO will be responsible for selecting the winner of the medal.

Candidates who do not win the award will automatically be reconsidered for the award in the following year if still eligible.

More information can be found on the website of EMBO.

Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators

The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is presenting its highly prestigious research prize for the 25th time. It acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts. The winner will receive, above other things, prize money of 20,000 EUR for personal use.

Who can apply for the award?
Young researchers not older than 35 years with an advanced degree who are performing biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.

The application must include:

  • your personal data*
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a title describing the subject of your research*
  • an essay of max. 2,000 characters (incl. spaces) summarizing your research*
  • a short description of your major discovery*
  • your publication list
  • PDF files of your published papers (min. 3, max. 5)

More information can be found on the website of the award.

František Běhounek Award

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic will appreciate the promotion and popularization of Czech science and the dissemination of the good name of the Czech Republic in the European Research Area (ERA).

If you are interested in submitting a nomination on behalf of the Rector, send us the complete documents.

Details about the competition can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education (in CZ).

John-Marie Lehn Prize for Chemistry 2021

Solvay, together with the French Embassy in the Czech Republic, is announcing a competition, the aim of which is to support the best doctoral research work in the field of chemistry.

Conditions of participation:

  • doctoral thesis in the field of chemistry
  • persons of Czech or Slovak nationality under the age of 33 (as of May 1, 2021)
  • students of the DSP program at a Czech research institution or university or young researchers who defended their dissertation in 2020 or 2021
  • their doctoral studies do not conflict with their work for Solvay
  • authorship of at least one scientific article published (or accepted) in a peer-reviewed international journal

The winners will receive a financial reward (CZK 65, 40, and 25,000), and the first two also receive a scholarship for an internship in France. The applications are handed over to prof. RNDr. Milan Potáčka, CSc., the coordinator on behalf of MU.

Important dates:

  • April 25, 2021 – the coordinator selects the two best candidates and reports their names and contact information to the French Embassy in the Czech Republic
  • May 16, 2021 – the two best candidates will send the complete documentation* for the competition entry to e-mail sciences.prague@gmail.com
  • June 8, 2021 – oral presentation of candidates before the evaluation committee
  • June 23, 2021 – awards ceremony, the awards will be presented by the Nobel professor Jean-Marie Lehn (in case of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, the ceremony will be moved to September 30, 2021)

* Included in the applicants' application package is the application form available at the end of this document, accompanied by a CV, a list of publications, a summary, and a presentation of the applicant's research activities.

Make Our Planet Great Again Prize for Environment & Climate Research 2021

BNP Paribas and the French Embassy in the Czech Republic are announcing a new competition, the aim of which is to reward the best PhD research work in all areas of environmental and climate research.

Conditions of participation:

  • doctoral research in the fields of environmental and climate research
  • persons of Czech or Slovak nationality under the age of 33 (as of May 1, 2021)
  • students of the doctoral study program at a Czech research institution or university or young researchers who defended their dissertation in 2020 or 2021
  • their doctoral studies do not conflict with their work for BNP Paribas
  • authorship of at least one scientific article published (or accepted) in an international peer-reviewed journal

The winners will receive a financial reward (CZK 65, 40, and 25,000), and the first two also receive a scholarship for an internship abroad in France. The applications are handed over to RNDr. Mgr. Michal Bittner, Ph.D., the coordinator on behalf of MU.

Important dates:

  • April 25, 2021 – the coordinator selects one candidate and reports his name and contact information to the French Embassy in the Czech Republic
  • May 16, 2021 – the candidate will send the complete documentation* for the application to the competition to the e-mail sciences.prague@gmail.com
  • June 2021 – oral presentation of the candidate before the evaluation committee
  • June 23, 2021 – awards ceremony, the awards will be presented by the Nobel professor Jean-Marie Lehn (in case of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, the ceremony will be moved to September 30, 2021)

* Included in the applicants' application package is the application form available at the end of this document, accompanied by a CV, a list of publications, a summary, and a presentation of the applicant's research activities.

Neuron Awards

Every year, the Neuron Endowment Fund for the support of science announces the prestigious Neuron Awards, which recognize scientists in the fields of biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine and social sciences. In 2021, two categories are announced:

  • Neuron Award for young promising scientists

The prize is awarded to Czech scientists (gaining a Ph.D. degree max. 10 years before the day of the announcement of the competition) for outstanding scientific results to date. The prize takes into account the achieved scientific results and possibly also the employee's scientific program and is associated with a personal bonus of CZK 500,000.

  • Neuron Award for Contribution to World Science

The awards are given to prominent scientists working at home and abroad, whose fundamental discovery or long-term work has made a major contribution to the development of science, strengthened the name of the Czech Republic and are a model and inspiration for other members of the scientific community. Each laureate will receive CZK 1,500,000.

Nominations can be submitted using this form. The nominations also include the candidate's CV, a brief justification of the nomination, in the case of the category "contribution to world science" also min. 2 letters of recommendation (all in English).

More information can be found on the website of the award.

Rudolf Lukeš Prize

The Expert group of organic, bioorganic and pharmaceutical chemistry of the Czech Chemical Society in cooperation with the Experientia Foundation recognizes elite scientists in the field of organic, bioorganic, and medicinal chemistry for an excellent collection of original works in the field published in the last 5 years in prestigious international journals. The prize for the laureates is granted in the amount of CZK 100,000.

The application is submitted by researchers working at Czech workplaces in English as a pdf file sent electronically to the CSCH secretariat (chem.spol@csvts.cz) and contains:

  • CV (1 page)
  • research report (max. 3 pages) summarizing the most significant results for the last 5 years
  • a list of all publications for the last 5 years
  • 5 most important publications from the last 5 years, where the nominee must be a correspondent author (pdf format of articles).

More information can be found on the website of the award.

The Balzan Prizes

The Balzan Prizes are awarded to scholars, artists, and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level. In 2021, the prizes are announced in the following areas relevant to the Faculty of Science:

  • Microbiome in Health and Disease
  • Gravitation: physical and astrophysical aspects

The Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace, and Fraternity Among Peoples is also announced this year, the aim of which is to recognize a personality or organization for exceptional humanitarian work.

The amount of each of the four Balzan Prizes is around 750 000 CHF (approx. 17,8 mil. CZK). Prizewinners must destine half of the prize to finance research projects that are preferably carried out by young scholars or scientists.

Nominations must be submitted to the Dean’s Office and supported by a justification for the candidate’s nomination, including a list of his/her most important publications and a complete biography. Self-nominations are not accepted.

More information can be found on the website of the award.

The Brain Prize

The Lundbeck Foundation awards this prize for outstanding research and breakthrough discovery in the field of neuroscience. Each year, approximately 1.3 million EUR is awarded to one or more neurologists who have a pioneering impact on brain research.

The Brain Prize is awarded at a ceremony in Copenhagen chaired by His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of Denmark. The Brain Prize was first awarded in 2011 and has so far honored 34 scientists from 9 different countries.

Nominations for 2022 will open in May 2021. The application must include the full name and area of ​​research of the nominee, as well as a justification for the nomination based on his selected list of publications. Nominations are made online here.

Nomination criteria:

  • The nomination itself is not accepted.
  • Anyone can nominate.
  • Nominees can be of any nationality and work in any part of the world.
  • Nominees can work in any field of neuroscience.
  • Nominees must still be actively involved in research.
  • If several researchers have made a significant contribution to the success, several may be nominated.
  • It is recommended to reappoint previously unsuccessful candidates.

Further information on the prize is available on the competition's website.

The Louis-Jeantet Prizes

The Louis-Jeantet Prizes are awarded each year to experienced researchers who have distinguished themselves in the field of biomedical research in one of the member states of the Council of Europe. They are not intended solely as the recognition of work that has been completed, but also to encourage the continuation of innovative research projects. The prizes are awarded to fully active researchers whose scientific efforts are focused on biomedical research.

The sum currently available to each prize-winner amounts to CHF 500,000 (approx. 12 mil. CZK), of which CHF 450,000 are to be used for financing ongoing research and CHF 50,000 are given to the researcher personally.

Nominees for the Louis-Jeantet Prizes must be nominated either by scientific personalities (without any family ties with the nominee), or by institutions (universities or major agencies funding research), who possess detailed knowledge of the nominee’s work.

  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominees should not be informed of their nomination.
  • Nominations of candidates under 50 years of age are encouraged.

More information can be found on the website of the award.

Werner von Siemens Prize

The aim of the competition is to reward the authors of the best student and scientific works and university teachers with a focus on all technical fields and natural sciences, and thus contribute to the development of Czech higher education, science and research.

  • Nominations in the Best Pedagogical Worker category can be submitted by the Rector; if you are interested in this option, please send the complete documents in electronic form.
  • Nominations in other categories are submitted by the applicants themselves.

This year will distribute CZK 830,000 in eight categories. In the categories of the best diploma and dissertation thesis, together with the students, the supervisor of the thesis will also be awarded.

Announced categories:
1. The most significant result of the basic research (individual or research team)
2. The best pedagogical worker
3. Best diploma thesis (first three places + supervisor)
4. Best dissertation (first three places) + supervisor)
5. Award for overcoming obstacles in the study (the student is nominated from among the academic staff within the university from the bachelor's, master's and doctoral studies)
6. Special award for excellent quality of women's scientific work
7. The best graduate thesis (diploma / dissertation) dealing with the topics of the concept Industry 4.0
8. The best graduate thesis (diploma / dissertation) dealing with smart infrastructure and energy

The general public can also take part in the nominations - candidates and their work can be nominated via the website, and if the recommended winner wins, the nominee will receive a bonus of CZK 10,000. In the previous, 22nd year, the most awards went to representatives of Masaryk University (4 awards), followed by the University of Chemical Technology in Prague (3 awards) and Charles University (3 awards)

Detailed information, including current dates, can be found on the website of the competition (in CZ).

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