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Research award

Research award for academic excellence

Some students of MSH deliver excellent academic outcomes. To acknowledge and promote student academic excellence, the MSH Department for Research Support and Innovation bi-annually presents research awards to eligible bachelor- and master students, as well as to PhD work, research reports or publications. Criteria for the numeration of these awards are excellent academic quality, innovative and future directed research approaches and explorative new research streams. Recipients are formally awarded at the opening ceremony of the subsequent semester and receive a prize money of 300 Euro.

Application

Please submit the following documents with your application: 

  • Your research thesis or a resulting publication
  • A statement report of the applicant. This letter is directed towards an ordinary person, rather than to an expert from the field. The following criteria must be met: relevance for the department or society; originality; strengths / weaknesses of the work / methods and findings
  • Recommendation letter of a reviewer addressing the following criteria (the recommendation letter can be submitted separately): relevance for the department or society, originality, strengths / weaknesses of the work, methods and findings. 

The examination team is responsible for the identification of nominees and processing of nominations. The examination team consists of Professor Dr Astrid Junge (Pro-rector for research) and Prof. Lucia Rainer (Professor for Aesthetics in the Intermedial Art Therapy).

Please submit your application materials in one PDF file via email.

Deadline for application is August 15th in the summer semester und February 15th in the winter semester.

Research Award of MSH – Frequently Asked Questions

Can the letter of recommendation be prepared by someone other than the thesis reviewer?

Can the letter of recommendation be prepared by someone other than the thesis reviewer?

The letter of recommendation should be prepared by the first/second reviewer. For consideration of special requests, please contact us.

Can I re-apply for the award with the same thesis?

Can I re-apply for the award with the same thesis?

You can only apply once with your thesis. However, you can apply with your bachelor thesis and then with your master thesis.

Can I submit the letter of recommendation after expiry of submission deadline?

Can I submit the letter of recommendation after expiry of submission deadline?

The submission deadline counts towards all application materials (15 February or August 15). Once you submitted a complete application after the deadline, your materials can then be considered in the next round.

Can I apply for the award if my research is still ongoing, or can I only apply once all research has been completed (after graduation)?

Can I apply for the award if my research is still ongoing, or can I only apply once all research has been completed (after graduation)?

As a general rule, you can only apply with a successfully completed thesis. That saying, you can only apply after you have received your graduation certificate. Note that you can still apply if your thesis is several semesters old.

I completed my thesis at another university, can I still apply for the MSH Research Award?

I completed my thesis at another university, can I still apply for the MSH Research Award?

The research award of the MSH specifically aims to recognize outstanding services provided at MSH therefore we only consider submissions from MSH theses.

I completed my thesis longer than a semester ago, can I still apply for the research award?

I completed my thesis longer than a semester ago, can I still apply for the research award?

Yes, you can also apply with a thesis that was completed several semester ago. With every thesis, however, you can apply only once.

For which courses of study and degrees of MSH does the research award apply?

For which courses of study and degrees of MSH does the research award apply?

Students from all courses and degrees can apply for the MSH research award! We are always delighted to receive submissions from a range of disciplines and it is important to us to give everyone an equal chance.

I have worked on a collaborative research project during my degree, can we apply for the MSH the research award?

I have worked on a collaborative research project during my degree, can we apply for the MSH the research award?

The research award is specifically for Bachelor or Master theses. Since it is difficult to estimate the individual achievements in collaborative research projects these cannot be considered.

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