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Apply for the Research Award of ZEW and Volksbank Kurpfalz Stiftung

ZEW Mannheim and Volksbank Kurpfalz Stiftung announce the reserach award "Future of the Working World" for the eleventh time.

The labour market is grappling with significant challenges including migration, demographic change, the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shift towards a more sustainable economy. These factors collectively shape the future of work. In order to promote thorough research in this field and to support young researchers, ZEW Mannheim and the Volksbank Kurpfalz Stiftung are presenting the “Future World of Work” research award for the eleventh time. Submissions can be made until 31 December 2023, for theses completed at a university or a non-university research institution, preferably in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.

“With this award, the Volksbank Kurpfalz Stiftung and ZEW aims to support the region’s budding economists in this socially highly relevant field of research. In addition to academic excellence, the winning submission should demonstrate practical value, such as innovative problem-solving and real-world applicability,” explains Thomas Kohl, ZEW’s managing director and jury member of the research award.

About the research award

Since 2013, the Volksbank Kurpfalz Stiftung and ZEW Mannheim have been honouring young economists in the region. They award outstanding dissertations and master’s theses in the field of economics that have been produced primarily at a university or non-university research institution in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region (Mannheim, Heidelberg, or Landau).

The award for the best doctoral thesis is endowed with 3,000 euros, while the prize for the best master’s thesis is 2,000 euros. Both awards come with the opportunity for a research stay at ZEW and are presented in a formal ceremony.

Submission criteria

Submissions are open for theses completed in 2023. To qualify for the research award, the submitted doctoral theses must be rated as “very good” and master’s theses with a grade of 1.7 or better. Not only doctoral candidates and students themselves, but also professors are encouraged to nominate works they have supervised. The submissions should be directed to the Volksbank Kurpfalz Stiftung and must be received by 31 December 2023.