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Award for Excellent Doctoral Supervision

Award for Excellent Doctoral Supervision

For more than 40 years, the Universitätsgesellschaft Oldenburg eV (UGO) has been promoting academic education at the University of Oldenburg and cultivating the university's relations with the surrounding community. Scholars of the university are honoured for outstanding doctoral theses and excellence in research and teaching. For the second time and in addition to the already established awards for outstanding doctoral theses, excellent research and remarkable teaching, there will be an award for the outstanding supervision of PhD candidates. In 2022, the UGO will again award the prize for excellent doctoral supervision.

This prize is awarded annually and is endowed with 2,000 euros. The award is meant to recognise outstanding supervisory work and exceptional commitment to the guidance of young academics.

The patron of the Award for Excellent Doctoral Supervision is the Vice President for Early-Career Researchers, Equal Opportunities and Diversity. A jury headed by the chairperson of UGO including further two university lecturers and the Vice President for Early-Career Researchers, Equal Opportunities and Diversity will determine the winner.

More information on the categories for nomination[1] are to be found in the appendix with guidance for personal comments on the nomination.

Categories for nominations and criteria for the selection process


The nomination process

Who may nominate candidates?

Only doctoral candidates who are already in the final phase of their doctorate, i.e. at least in their second year, may nominate candidates. Eligible persons may nominate no more than one candidate for the Award for Excellent Doctoral Supervision.

Who may be nominated?

All employees of the University of Oldenburg who have played a substantial role in supervising a doctoral candidate as the first or second supervisor in accordance with the relevant doctoral regulations may be nominated.

How can PhD candidates submit a nomination?

To nominate a candidate, the following documents must be submitted: the nomination form and a free-text statement of 1-2 pages addressing all five criteria and considerations listed in the appendix to the nomination form for the selection process.

Doctoral candidates should send their fully completed nomination forms with a personal statement of 1-2 pages by 31 August 2022 to the Graduate Academy’s email address:

What's next?

The nomination forms and personal statements will then be anonymized by the Graduate Academy’s Officer for Early Career Researchers with a Focus on Doctoral Candidates and International Issues and forwarded to the jury in an anonymized form.

The jury, made up of the chairperson of UGO, the Vice President for Early-career Researchers and Equal Opportunities, and two faculty members, will then select the winner. The jury’s decision will be based on the reasons given in the personal statements.

The UGO board will decide on the awarding of the prize, following the recommendation of the jury. This decision cannot be legally challenged.

The award ceremony is expected to take place during the winter term 2022/2023.

Please address any questions to Dr. Wiebke Greeff (Officer for Early Career Researchers with a Focus on Doctoral Candidates and International Issues, email: ), who will be happy to help.


[1] We wish to thank the University of Bremen for friendly advice and the provision of materials.

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