The Goethe-Institut's Award for Young Philosophers

The Goethe-Institut’s Award for Young Philosophers

The Goethe-Institut has initiated a sponsorship award for young philosophers within the framework of the XXII. German Congress of Philosophy. The prize will be awarded for the first time in Munich in 2011. By offering this award for innovative next-generation philosophers, the Goethe-Institut seeks to contribute to empowering philosophy as a field of activity in international cultural and educational policy, and at the same time to clearly situate philosophy once again as a potential field of production for societal orientation. The focus for 2011 is on the area of Intercultural Philosophy: Postdocs addressing issues of Intercultural Philosophy as outlined in what follows are encouraged to participate: Universality vs. Relativity of Interpretations of Self and World -– Opposition, Difference or Unity?

Conditions for Entry

Participation in the Goethe-Institut’s philosophy contest is expressly not limited to German-speaking philosophers. The prerequisite is the submission of a contribution in German or English that formulates new philosophical approaches to the topic area outlined above, and/or offering the prospect of initiating debates in an international context. Candidates should also demonstrate a clearcut interest in international philosophical discourse, whereby a referencing of Germany or its presence abroad in this context should be evident. The Goethe-Institut has a fundamental interest in imparting science and scholarship to the public. It is therefore desirable for philosophical impulses to be developed in ways that are as much aligned as possible with actual practice in accordance with the perception of reality as living process.

Submission of Contributions

Contest contributions can be submitted through Monday, January 10 2011 to:
Frau Anja Riedeberger
Bereich 31 -Wissenschaft und Zeitgeschehen
Goethe-Institut, Zentrale München
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 München
Tel.: 089-15921-446
Fax: 089-15921-237

Your contribution should be no longer than 20 pages (47,000 characters), and fulfill internationally accepted standards and requirements. You must also include a statement that your contribution was authored independently by you and was composed using only those resources that you have listed separately. Participants will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of receipt in the Goethe-Institut Head Office.


Selection from among the contributions submitted will be carried out by a jury chosen for this purpose. Among the members are representatives of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Cologne, the Advisory Council on Science and Current Affairs of the Goethe-Institut, and representatives of the Goethe-Institut itself. The selection of the award winner for 2011 will be concluded by April 15 of the same year.

The award consists of a total of 3000 € earmarked as a subsidy for publication costs or project funding. The Goethe-Institut must be expressly mentioned in the publication or in the context of the project. An earmarked disbursal is not possible. The chosen candidate will be invited to the XXII. German Congress on Philosophy in Munich at the expense of the Goethe-Institut. At the same time, the Goethe-Institut will endeavour to provide contacts with its institute branches abroad, to the extent that programmes in the framework of the Federal Government’s Department of International Cultural and Educational Policy are planned there that intersect with the award winner’s area of research. Furthermore, the awardee will be given the option to register with the Alumniportal Germany ( for the purpose of “securing and expanding contacts and expertise and of using them for their personal and professional development“ (APD).

Alexandra Stang
Assistentin Kulturprogramm
Goethe-Institut Finnland
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