Award for Best Doctoral Supervision 2018

Prof. Dr. Britta Viebrock and Dr. Björn Corzilius awarded Prize for Best Doctoral Supervision

f.l.t.r.: Andreas Kärcher (Head of Vereinigung der Akademikerverbände Frankfurt), Dr. Björn Corzilius (Awardee), Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick (Vice President Goethe University), Prof. Maresi Nerad (Laudatory & Head of GRADE Academic Advisory Board), Prof. Dr. Britta Viebrock (Awardee), Dr. Sybille Küster (GRADE Managing Director)

On November 15, 2018 the prize for the best doctoral supervision was awarded by the Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers (GRADE) for the third time. This years prize winners are Prof. Dr. Britta Viebrock from Faculty 10 (Institute for English and American Studies) and Dr. Björn Corzilius from Faculty 14 (Institute for Biophysical Chemistry & Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry).

The response from the doctoral candidates to the call for nominations was again immense. 30 supervisors from 13 faculties where nominated for this year supervision award. During the award ceremony all 30 nominees where honored by Goethe University's vice president Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick for their excellent supervision work.

The award committee - consisting of the GRADE Academic Advisory Board members - had a tough job to decide for the best supervision but agreed on the two prize winners being a bit more outstanding in their supervision work. "It was a nip-and-tuck-race" said Prof. Maresi Nerad, Ph.D. when it came to announcing the awardees. During her laudatio the head of the GRADE Academic Advisory Board pointed out the extraordinary supervision engagement as well as the interdisciplinarity, internationalization and diversity aspects of the award winners. Also supervisors functioning as door-openers to academic networks, their extra guidance for possible career paths as well as the availability and the willingness for open dialogues are highly valued by the doctoral candidates.

Determing criteria for the award committee were academic excellence, the intensive examination of the doctoral candidate's research project, a transparent and reliable communication, the supportive supervision with career planning and financing as well as the willingness to function as a door-opener into the sciene community to the young researchers by supporting conference participation and puclication opportunitties. All of this is implemented in the daily supervision routine of the two prize winners 2018.

The price is endowed with 5,000 Euro and is to support doctoral candidates. Due to the dissimilarity of the academic disciplines, which make it difficult to compare supervision in the social sciences on one hand and natural and life sciences on the other hand, the prize was splitted - just like in 2016.  The 'price for best doctoral supervision' was founded and presented by Andreas Kärcher, chairman of the 'Vereinigung der Akademikerverbände Frankfurt'.

During the event two GRADE doctoral candidates were awarded a 'completion scholarship' financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Grygoriy Pustovit (FB01 Law) and Michał Stękiel (FB11 Geosciences/Geographie) are very much pleased about this financial support during their final dissertation stage.