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University of Basel

MDPI / GRACE Engagement Award


Science with and for society - the new Engagement Award will honour projects and activities of research talents which directly contributes to the public good.
The Award is announced in collaboration with the open access publisher MDPI.


The awards will honour one doctoral candidate and one postdoctoral researcher from the University of Basel for their innovative research, initiatives or activities in cultural or social engagement in line with regional development preferentially in the Basel area. The addressed activities might include civic engagement to address public concerns, community outreach to promote the quality of the community, citizen science to integrate the citizen directly or community services.

Each award is endowed with 3`000 CHF.

Deadline for application is October 31, 2017.

The award will be presented for the first time during the upcoming diss:kurs event at the Museum der Kulturen Basel on January 24, 2018. During the event, awardees are invited to present their work in 10 minutes to a broad audience.

Selection criteria 

  • Impact of the benefits for society, cultural and/or regional development preferentially in the Basel area
  • Impact and duration of the creative approach of the project, activity and/or initiative
  • Publications (accepted, if available)

Applications requirement

  • Applicant’s CV with lists of publications and relevant projects, activities and/or initiatives
  • Cover letter (one page max.) summarizing the rationale for application to the award
  • Supervisor supporting letter (optional)

Member of the Selection Committee

Questions? Please contact:
  • Dr. Sina Henrichs

    Head of Graduate Center

    Sina Henrichs
    University of Basel Vice President's Office for Research Petersgraben 35, Postfach
    4001 Basel
    Tel. +41 61 207 09 90
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