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Call for Nominations for the 2020 Voltaire Prize

On January 15, 2020, the University of Potsdam will be presenting the fourth 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 on January 15, 2020 at the University of Potsdam New Year’s Reception for 2020. The prize amounts to €5,000 and is financed by the Friede Springer Foundation.
Nominations for the Voltaire Prize must be submitted by third-party individuals or organizations. You cannot submit an application for yourself.
Please submit the following application materials:

  •     Brief description of the person or organization submitting the nomination
  •     The nominee’s full name, postal address, email, and website
  •     Reasons for nomination (no longer than three pages)
  •     Any previous awards received, if applicable

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 November 10, 2019 to: voltairepreisuni-potsdamde.

The Jury

A jury of five decides on the award winner. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, the jury was: 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.

The Voltaire Prize is financed by

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