Fundamental Academic Values Award

Award for Early Career Scientists in the European Higher Education Area

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) announces a call for submissions for the “Fundamental Academic Values Award”. The award is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). By awarding three prizes for research publications, the DAAD aims to contribute to the advocacy of fundamental academic values, to promote important research in this area and to further stimulate the discussion about these values.


Fundamental academic values such as academic freedom and integrity, institutional autonomy, participation of students and staff in higher education governance and public responsibility for and of higher education have accompanied the Bologna Process since its very beginning and are playing an increasingly important role in higher education policy debates. Hence, the Rome Ministerial Communiqué puts particular emphasis on the protection of “fundamental values of higher education and democracy and the rule of law”. The reference to fundamental values is also in line with the European Commission’s strong commitment to this topic and supported by the new Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027. In addition, the role of universities for democratic societies and the education of critical thinking is more strongly addressed.

Within the framework of the DAAD project bologna hub, we cordially invite you to submit your application for the “Fundamental Academic Values Award”.

Criteria for participation

The call for submissions addresses early career scientists1 of all academic fields, who have made an outstanding scientific contribution towards the preservation and advocacy of fundamental academic values in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

Candidates must have at least one outstanding publication on fundamental academic values. In case they have more than one publication on the topic, they will have to indicate one specific publication with which they enter the selection process for the award.

The submitted publication must have been written and published in the academic career phase starting with the completion of the master’s thesis and including the postdoctoral career stage until five years after completing the PhD. At the time of the deadline the relevant publication should not be older than four years.


The award is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The three awardees will receive a prize money of 7,000, 6,000 and 5,000 euros. Additionally, they will be invited to present the paper/thesis during a DAAD conference. The exact date will be announced in due time. Travel and accommodation costs for this purpose will be covered by DAAD.

Award Announcement

The awardees will be informed in autumn 2022 at the latest. The name of the awardees and a summary of the publication will be published on our websites and as well as in additional public relation activities.


bologna hub team
Section Erasmus+ Key Action 3: Policy Support
Erasmus+ National Agency „Higher Education“
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
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