Danubius Young Scientist Award 2021

The Danubius Award was created in 2011 by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBFW) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) with the intention to honour individuals with extraordinary achievements in their scientific activity and output in relation to the Danube Region.

2021 this award will, for the eight time, be complemented with a specific price for young scientists – the Danubius Young Scientist Award

This award will be granted to 14 young scientists - one from each country (citizenship is crucial) that is part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine). The award seeks to highlight the scientific work and talent of young researchers and enhance the visibility of the scientific community in the region: Moreover the award encourages young scientists to engage themselves in the scientific examination of the multifaceted issues and questions specifically related to the Danube Region.

The award will be endowed with 1.350 EUR for each winner of the Danubius Young Scientist Award.

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 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 degree will not be accepted

Selection Process

The nomination of the award candidate cannot be made by the candidate himself/herself but he or she has to be nominated by their hosting scientific organization (university, academy of sciences etc.).

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


Therefore, a preselection will be made by the vice rector of research and innovation.
Application documents must be sent to researchfunds(at)boku.ac.at  by 15th of April 2021


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

Please consolidate/merge parts A) and B) into one file (preferably in pdf format), while C) the copy of the academic degree can be a separate document.

    A) maximum 2 pages summary of the scientific work (e.g. thesis, dissertation, journal article, scientific publication etc.) and its specific relevance for the Danube Region 

    B) Curriculum Vitae including publication list of the candidate (max. 3 pages)

    C) Copy of the document related to the award of the highest academic title received

also required for the nominations:

    D) recommendation letter by the head of institute


It is expected that the award ceremony will take place in October/November 2021. The details will be announced in due time.

Moreover, thanks to the ongoing kind support by the JRC, the awardees will be invited by the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre to visit the JRC in Ispra, Italy in 2022.


Official deadline for the submission of the final three nominations: Friday, 30th April 2021