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The Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize - Call for nominations is open!

The prize

The Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize recognises the work of outstanding young scientists in the field of neuroscience and helps advance their careers as researchers. The prize was established in 2009 and is named after American Nobel Prize winner Prof. Eric Kandel, and is awarded every two years. Professor Kandel, who is of European origin, is a friend of the Hertie Foundation.

The prize includes a prize money of € 50,000 for the winner´s personal use, a research budget of up to € 50,000 for a scientific cooperation (partnership or mentoring) that extends the laureate’s area of research and the invitation to give the Eric Kandel Prize Lecture at the at the Forum of European Neuroscience organised by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

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. Candidates must be nominated by the head of their university/research institute or by an internationally renowned neuroscientist. Self-nomination is not possible.

The Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize has been awarded by the Hertie Foundation in conjunction with FENS since 2010 under the patronage of the German Minister for Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka.

Current Announcement 2017

The Hertie Foundation announces in cooperation with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) the opening of nominations for the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize 2017.
The deadline for nominations is the 1st of November 2016.

Nominations must be sent via email to the contact address below and have to 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 own lab 
  5. a cover letter from the nominee, stating clearly what he/she expects from the scientific cooperation for his/her professional advancement.

The successful candidate will be selected by an international jury of leading neuroscientists. The name of the prize winner will be announced on the 13th of March 2017 (the first day of Brain Awareness Week) under this website. The prize will be awarded by Prof. Kandel in Frankfurt in 2017.

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Posted on 20/09/2016

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