Press release

Call for submissions: Henrik Enderlein Prize awarded for outstanding research on the future of Europe

The Franco-German research prize will be given to exceptional scholars under 40 whose work contributes to solving the future challenges of Europe.

Berlin, 7 February 2024. European Union scholars are again invited to submit their works from the social sciences for the Henrik Enderlein Prize. The research prize in honour of the Hertie School’s late President is aimed at young researchers under 40 whose work exhibits scholarly excellence and a practical contribution to public debate on the future of Europe. It is endowed with 10,000 euros in total and was first awarded in 2022. Applications will be accepted until 10 March 2024. For more information on the submission process, please visit the Henrik Enderlein Prize webpage.

The Henrik Enderlein Prize is jointly awarded by the Hertie School, Sciences Po, the German Federal Foreign Office and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. The final winner will be chosen by an international Jury chaired by Hertie School President Cornelia Woll. This year’s winner will be recognised during a festive event on 11 June in Berlin on the occasion of the Hertie School conference: “Europe at the crossroads: Looking back to move forward”.  

Past winners of the prize include economist Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard University), political scientist Tarik Abou-Chadi (University of Oxford) and legal scholar Vladislava Stoyanova (Lund University).

Showcasing the powerful impact of academic research

“In honour of the late Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein, we are looking forward to social science contributions which set an example for a strong, peaceful and forward-thinking Europe. Together with our Franco-German partners we want to showcase the powerful impact of research which addresses issues that not only drive academia, but also engage policymakers and civil society in Europe,” says Hertie School President Cornelia Woll.

"As a university of international standing, Sciences Po works resolutely to defend European values and European integration, the essential nature of which we have been reminded in recent years. By putting the spotlight on young European researchers for their work and their contributions to public debate, the Henrik Enderlein Prize honours the memory of a committed and passionate European and underlines the central role of the humanities and social sciences in understanding our times in order to influence the world,” says Mathias Vicherat, Director of Sciences Po.

International jury decides on the winner

A high-calibre eight-member jury chaired by Hertie School President Cornelia Woll will decide on the winner. Jury members include:

  • Jean Pisani-Ferry, economist and professor at the European University Institute (Florence) and Sciences Po, 
  • Dorit Geva, Professor of Sociology at Central European University Budapest/Vienna,
  • Sergei Guriev, Professor of Economics and Provost at Sciences Po,
  • Jakob Vogel, Director of the Centre Marc Bloch and Professor of History at Sciences Po,
  • Thurid Hustedt, Professor of Public Administration and Management and Dean of Graduate Programmes at the Hertie School,
  • Anna Schröder, Deputy Secretary-General for Franco-German Cooperation at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and
  • Leonor Guy, Deputy Secretary-General for Franco-German Cooperation at the German Federal Foreign Office.

About the Hertie School
For 20 years, the Hertie School has been teaching, researching, and debating good governance and public affairs in the heart of Berlin and Europe. The social science university offers master's degrees, doctoral programmes, and executive education to train change-makers in government, business, and civil society. True to its motto "Understand today. Shape tomorrow." the university conducts interdisciplinary research, provides international and practice-oriented education, and serves as a forum for public debate. Six centres of competence strengthen its expertise in European affairs, international security, fundamental rights, sustainability, digital governance, and data science. The Hertie School was founded in 2004 by the non-profit Hertie Foundation and has been generously supported by it ever since. It is a member of the European university alliance CIVICA, publicly recognised, and accredited by the Accreditation Council as well as the German Council of Science and Humanities.

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