Call for Nominations for the 2021 Voltaire Prize

In 2021 the University of Potsdam will be presenting the fifth Voltaire Prize for Tolerance, International Understanding, and Respect for Differences. Each year, the University of Potsdam awards the prize to one young scholar who has made an important contribution to the social dialogue on peace, international understanding, and tolerance, or who has campaigned for freedom in research and teaching or the right of free expression. A panel of judges selects the prizewinner from among the nominations submitted.
The winner of the Voltaire Prize will be honored in January, 2021 at the University of Potsdam New Year’s Reception for 2021. The prize amounts to €5,000 and is financed by the Friede Springer Foundation.

Applications for the Voltaire Prize must be submitted by third parties or organizations. Self-nominations are not possible.

Please send the following application documents:

  • Brief description of the person or organization submitting the nomination
  • Full name, mailing address, email address and website of the nominee
  • Reasons for nomination (no longer than three pages)
  • Possibly previous awards

If you would like to include any additional information, you may do so in an appendix. Should we have any further questions or need more information, we will contact you. The nominations must be submitted in German or English by October 7, 2020 to:

The Jury

A jury of five decides on the award winner. In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, the appointed jury members were: the President of the University of Potsdam, Professor Oliver Günther, Vice-President for International Affairs, Fundraising and Alumni, Professor Florian Schweigert, the renowned climate researcher, Professor Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Alexander von Humboldt expert Professor Ottmar Ette and the church historian at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Professor Christoph Markschies.

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The jury: Professor Oliver Günther (left), Professor Christoph Markschies (right) honoured Dr Hilal Alkan in 2017.


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