Application: Contact and Information


Admission Procedure

The Gutenberg Academy for Young Researchers is looking for brilliant junior researchers and young artists

The next application deadline is October 18th, 2024!

Every year, around 650 people obtain their doctorate from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The Academy is limited to 25 junior members, meaning that the top 4-5% of all doctoral students have the chance to be accepted. The nominating supervisors are requested to only nominate absolutely outstanding doctoral students and young artists, who have already completed the first third of their doctorate or the first third of their year as a master class student. The Academy prefers that the candidates will be able to take advantage of the two-year membership at the time of their nomination. * Artists, who have already had the chance to prove their excellent credentials, may also be nominated. Nominations can be made by the academic supervisors of young researchers and artists. The nominated doctoral student or artist has to be registered (ideally enrolled) as PhD candidate at the JGU.

*Note: The application deadline is in winter semester, but the official acceptance of new junior members is at the beginning of summer semester. This means that roughly 6 months pass between nomination and acceptance.


Application Documents

Please submit the documents in PDF format as three separate documents in one e-mail, consisting of the application, the curriculum vitae and the exposé. Submission is possible in German as well as in English.

The following documents are required for application:

1) Written Recommendation
Academic supervisors are required to submit a written recommendation for the candidate they wish to nominate. The recommendation should contain a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the candidate's scientific or artistic work and indicate how the candidate demonstrates academic or artistic development.

The following aspects are particularly important and positively influence the selection of the candidates. They should be mentioned in the recommendation.

  • Originality of the synopsis
  • Independence
  • Originality of the research topic
  • Linguistic and analytical brilliance
  • Standing within the scientific community

For young artists, activities, such as public performances, exhibitions and awards, are of importance.

Additionally, information about the candidate's academic or artistic future prospects is desirable. Other important aspects concerning social and cultural commitment may also be included. It is also desirable for candidates to be willing to play an active role in the Academy.

2) Curriculum Vitae
This document should be provided by the candidate and include current contact information.

3) Dissertation Topic Synopsis
A synopsis (of a maximum of three pages) of the candidate's dissertation topic is required that is comprehensive and academically sound. Application documents should be submitted electronically (PDF) to the Academy's spokesperson listed below.


Interview and Selection

An admissions committee composed of senior and junior members will conduct personal interviews with the applicants and submit recommendations for membership to the Gutenberg Academy. The current members of the Academy select new members from those recommended by the admissions committee. Once the new candidates have been selected, they are required to present themselves to the Gutenberg Academy by holding a scientific talk for all members, which can be held either in German or English.

For junior members, active membership ends with completion of their doctorate or year as a master class student or after a maximum of two years. The admission procedure takes place annually at the beginning of the summer semester.


Application Deadline:

The next deadline for application will end on October 18th, 2024!


The application should be submitted as a PDF to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch at the e-mail address listed below.

For further questions, please get in touch with Ms. Elena Joser.

The application must be submitted by the academic supervisor.


Gutenberg Academy Honors Program
Elena Joser
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
Philosophicum 2, Room 00-309
55128 Mainz

Tel.: +49 6131 39 27205
(Consultation hours: Monday 3 p.m. till 6 p.m.)

Our Office

Elena Joser, M.A.
Managing Director

Christopher Sailer, B.A.
Research Assistant

Our Senior- and Junior-Spokespeople

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Concettina Sfienti
Deputy Spokesperson

Veronika Phung, M. Ed.

Junior Spokesperson

Saskia Plura, M. Sc.
Deputy Junior Spokesperson


Please note that you can find further information about the Gutenberg Academy as well as the eligibility requirements under here: