Wittgenstein Award

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The Wittgenstein Award (German: Wittgenstein-Preis) is an Austrian science award supporting the notion that "scientists should be guaranteed the greatest possible freedom and flexibility in the performance of their research."[1] The prize money of up to 1.5 million euro make it the most highly endowed science award of Austria, money that is tied to research activities within the five years following the award. The Wittgenstein-Preis is named after the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and is conferred once per year by the Austrian Science Fund on behalf of the Austrian Ministry for Science.[1]


The award provides aims to express recognition and to support "excellent scientists"[1] up to 55 years of age who "have produced exceptional scientific work and who occupy a prominent place in the international scientific community". Awardees receive financial support up to 1.5 million euro to be spent over a period of five years. The award should enhance and extend the research possibilities of the awardees and their research groups.[1]

Nomination, requirements and selection[edit]

Nominations can be expressed by rectors as well as vice rectors for research of Austrian universities; the president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences; the president of IST Austria; and all previous Wittgenstein-Preis awardees. Self-nomination is not permitted, researchers of any discipline are entitled. There are no quotas regulating the distribution of awards between subject areas.[1] Nominees must be 60 years old or younger; permanently employed at an Austrian research institution; internationally recognised in their respective academic field; and have their center of life in Austria for at least one year at the time of the nomination.[1] The awardees are selected by an international jury of experts, the same jury also selects the recipients of the related Start-Preis.[2]

Recipients and affiliation[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Wittgenstein-Award". Fwf.ac.at. Retrieved 23 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "START-/Wittgenstein-Jury". Fwf.ac.at. Retrieved 23 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "FWF Project Finder - Auswahlmaske". Pf.fwf.ac.at. Retrieved 23 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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