Theodor Körner Prize

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The Theodor Körner Prize (German: Theodor-Körner-Preis) is a set of annual Austrian awards bestowed by the Theodor Körner Fund in recognition of cultural and/or scientific advances.

The prize is awarded at the University of Vienna. The prize is one of Austria's most prestigious awards in the arts and science.


In 1953, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Federal President Theodor Körner declined all gifts for him and asked that a fund be created instead for the promotion of arts and sciences.[1]


Projects and works that may be submitted include scientific papers in the fields of humanities and culture, medicine, science and technology, law, social science and economics. In the arts field, works from fine arts, photography, literature, and musical composition are considered.[2] With some exceptions, scientists and artists may not be older than 40 years. The prize is awarded for "work in progress" that is, the work submitted has not been completed. The decisive factor is the general scientific or artistic quality. The work must be completed within the deadline foreseen in the application.[3]

The projects are submitted to an independent advisory board composed of experts from the arts and sciences. Based on the board's recommendations, the trustees determine the winners.

The amount of prize money is determined by the available funds and the number of submitted and eligible work. Two-thirds of the prize money is given at the awards ceremony, one-third upon completion of the project.

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  1. ^ Arbeiterkammer Wien. "Theodor Körner Fonds: Über den Fonds". Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  2. ^ Arbeiterkammer Wien. "Theodor Körner Fonds: Was ist der Fonds?". Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  3. ^ Arbeiterkammer Wien. "Theodor Körner Fonds: Wer wird gefördert?". Retrieved 2013-05-09.

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