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Call for the Young Investigators Award 2023 follows in April

The objective of the Young Investigators Award is to honor and support up-coming researchers at the University of Salzburg. Early career scientists get the opportunity to present their scientific work and communicate with each other.

The evaluation & presentation is performed in the following topical areas:

  • Making Sense: Theology, Philosophy and Religion
  • Investigating Language, Literature and the Arts: Humanities
  • Understanding Society: Education, History, Social Sciences
  • Exploring Law, Business and Economics
  • Explaining Nature: Natural and Life Sciences
  • Learning About Data: Analytical and Digital Sciences

For each subject area a price will be awarded (1st € 300,-; 2nd € 200,-; 3rd € 100,- ) to the best presentation, the winners will be announced during the final ceremony at the “Night of Excellence”. At this ceremony, the audience will choose the one presentation which will receive a Special Audience’s Choice award.



In order to apply for the YIA, an abstract – either in English or in German – of up to 600 words must be submitted (excluding max. 5 references) as well as a CV and (optionally) a paper on the topic, the doctoral thesis or a chapter of doctoral thesis. The topic of the abstract must be part of the dissertation (at the PLUS) of the first author.

Applicants have to be either doctoral students at the University of Salzburg or postdoctoral scientists less than a year after graduation at the PLUS. Award winners from the previous years are excluded from the competition. Ongoing dissertation projects can only take part in the competition if an approved disposition and initial results are available.

Please submit the completed application form and in addition either a paper on the topic, the doctoral thesis or a chapter of doctoral thesis to . The deadline for submission: follows


The evaluation is performed in the 6 topical areas listed above by the members of the Scientific Committee. The members of the SC ensure that the quality and the presentations is weighed and valued in two evaluation rounds: abstract rating (2.1) & oral presentation (2.2). The special audience’s award will be presented at the Night of Excellence ceremony (3).

2.1) ABSTRACT RATING: Submitted abstracts to each topical area are evaluated following the criteria given below. The three best-ranked candidates in each topical area are invited to present their research in an public oral session.
Evaluation criteria

2.2) ORAL PRESENTATION: Each presentation lasts for 6 minutes, followed by 6 minutes of discussion. The oral presentation can be given either in German or in English. A member of the SC. chairs each session. The SC decides over the winner of each topic area.


The winners will be announced to the public at the “Night-of-Excellence”-ceremony. The award winners present their scientific work in the form of short presentations (3 minutes). The audience selects the best presentation via live voting.