The Margaretha Lupac Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy Science Award honours a scientist’s life achievements, a scientific publication, or a completed and evaluated doctoral thesis.
The following criteria will be considered in conferring the Award:
- the work’s contribution to an in-depth understanding of the foundations, the functioning and the basic values of the Austrian republic/democracy
- its underlining of the importance of the principle of tolerance in the discourse on issues of politics, arts and social developments
- its reference to the European and/or international dimension of the respective issue
- its dealing with the potentials and strengths but also the challenges and reforms of parliamentary democracy and its institutions in Austria
- the impetus it gives for a broader public discussion of these topics
The Science Award honours outstanding scientific work addressing one or several of these aspects. The publications/doctoral theses submitted must not be older than 3 years. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are possible.
The Award amounts to a total of € 21,000.-, which may be split between up to three winners. Submissions are possible between 15 January and 15 June 2021. The decision on the Award winners is made by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees on the basis of the proposal made by the Jury.
The Science Award will be granted in 2023 for the tenth time. The Science Award 2021 was split evenly between three winners: the political scientists Ulrich Brand and Johannes Pollak as well as to the jurist Thomas Olechowski, each for their overall scientific work to date. The Science Award is offered every other year, in alternation with the Foundation’s Democracy Award.
Science Award 2023 - Call for submissions / PDF, 95 KB
Science Award 2023 – Submission Guidelines / PDF, 82 KB
Science Award 2023 – Application Form / PDF, 406 KB