This year the German-Ukrainian Academic Society/ The UKRAINE Network organizes its PhD Thesis Presentation Contest for the 5th time!

Application form (download)

Thousands of Ukrainian PhD students study and receive research training outside of Ukraine. At the same time, the overall visibility of this talented next generation of professionals and scientists remains rather under-appreciated, both abroad and in Ukraine. There are also many PhD students who work on joint bi- or multi-lateral international collaborative projects, or carry out research on topics related to Ukraine – e.g. its history, language, ecology, etc. Our PhD Thesis Presentation Contest aims to promote these young scientists and in doing so contribute to increasing the visibility of Ukrainian PhD students abroad and raising the profile of the international academic collaboration with Ukraine. This Contest offers the opportunity to PhD students to advance their presentation skills, learn to present complex scientific questions to a broader interested non-specialist audience and network with other researchers from different fields.

Successful candidates will be invited to present their research at the Final event on stage (for more information please read carefully the FAQs). The travel (up to 200 EUR) and stay (up to 2 nights) will be supported by the Society.  The finalists get a chance to win one of the three prizes:

  • 1st place: EUR 300
  • 2nd place: EUR 200
  • 3rd place: EUR 100,

as well as add an extra credential to their CVs. The Final will be organized within the framework of the Days of Ukraine in Lower Saxony (11-12 September) and alongside of the Annual meeting of the German-Ukrainian Academic Society.

Eligibility: We invite applications from PhD/MD students carrying out their research in any subject, from one or more of the following three groups:

  • Ukrainian PhD students carrying out their research outside of Ukraine (incl. exchange PhD students);
  • PhD students, regardless of nationality, who are involved in a collaborative (e.g. German-Ukrainian or multi-lateral, including Ukraine) research project;
  • PhD students, regardless of nationality, whose topic of research relates to Ukraine.

Please note: only those PhD students whose PhD defence/viva is planned after the PhD Contest Final date (11 September 2020) can be considered (i.e. candidates who have already defended or are expected to defend their PhD thesis prior to the PhD Contest Final are not eligible to apply). If you have questions or any doubts about your eligibility, please contact us at info (at)

Apply by 3 May: Application form (download)

This Contest is organised by the German-Ukrainian Academic Society/ The UKRAINE Network and supported by Nomad Bioscience GmbH and the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany. This Contest was organised for the first time in 2016 (see the past winners).

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