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Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize

Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize

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Apply now for the Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize 2023!

The Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize is awarded for outstanding dissertations in the field of cancer research that have been successfully completed at a research institute in/associated with Heidelberg or the University of Heidelberg.

The Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize is endowed by the Walther and Christine Richtzenhain Foundation and awarded by the DKFZ. Up to five prizes of EUR 2.000* are awarded every two years.

Application Deadline: 15 July 2023

Eligibility: Eligible to apply are doctoral students who completed their doctoral research project (Dr. rer. nat./Dr. sc. hum./Dr. med./Dr.-Ing. thesis) in the field of cancer research at a research institute in/associated with Heidelberg or the University of Heidelberg. The thesis defense must have taken place between the submission deadline of the previous prize (16 July 2021) and the current deadline (15 July 2023).

Application documents: Please submit the following documents, compiled into a single PDF file:

  • Description of the doctoral research project
  • CV, incl. engagement within the scientific community (e.g. teaching activities, doctoral student initiatives, scientific societies)
  • List of publications and conference contributions (poster/talk)
  • Letter of support (from e.g. PhD supervisor)

Application submission: Applications should be submitted online here.

Outcome: Prize winners will be announced by the end of October 2023. Prizes will be awarded at the DKFZ Graduation Ceremony (10 November 2023).

Further information: Please contact

*prize money may be subject to tax

Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize Awardees 2021

Find out more about our Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize Awardees 2021.


About the Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize

Walther and Christine Richtzenhain (private picture)

The prize is named after Drs. Walther and Christine Richtzenhain.

Dr. Walther Richtzenhain, born in 1891, was a neurologist, psychiatrist, and theologian. He died of pancreatic cancer in 1950.

Dr. Christine Richtzenhain, born Wilhelmina Christine Schneider in 1898, was a teacher and psychologist and then later a doctor.

They lived in Darmstadt and were active members of the German Peace Society.

Before she died in 1975, Christine Richtzenhain founded the Walther and Christine Richtzenhain Foundation in memory of her husband.


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