Gustav Figdor Award for Law, Social Sciences and Economics

The Gustav Figdor Award for Law, Social Sciences and Economics is awarded for outstanding scholarly works in the fields of jurisprudence and legal theory, the social sciences and economics that are regarded as achievements equivalent to a habilitation and have been published or accepted for publication by a publishing house (peer review) no more than two years before the date of submission.

In 2021 applications are accepted from scholars the fields of jurisprudence and legal theory.

Applications are invited from scholars not older than 40 years (the age limit is raised by a maximum of 4 years for periods of childcare).

In case of publications with several authors, the applicant must be first author.

Selection Procedure

Prize winners are decided by an awards committee whose members are nominated by the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences of the OeAW. Decisions are made on the basis of the panel’s own expertise and if necessary external reviews.

Application Documents

  • Tabular CV including list of publications
  • Letter of recommendation or expert review of the scholarly work(s) submitted
  • Abstract(s) of the scholarly work(s) submitted
  • one copy of each of the applicant’s publications submitted


The completed documents are to be uploaded via the online form and sent by post.

Fill in the online form and upload the documents as a total of 3 PDF files.

It is not necessary to supply signatures in the electronic versions. Protected files will not be accepted.

The individual files may not exceed 10 MB. The files are to be given the following names:

Application_Surname.pdf  (i.e. application documents)

Publication1_Surname.pdf  (i.e. publication submitted) 

Publication2_Surname.pdf (i.e. additional publication)  

Please send the application documents, the submitted publication/s and the completed and signed online form by post to the following address:

Department of Fellowships and Awards
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3
1030 Wien


Research Areas
Social Sciences and Economics (in even years)
Law (in uneven years)

Value of the Award
4.000,-- Euro

annually (alternating research areas)

Next Call in 2022


  • Awards Committee Gustav Figdor Award for Law, Social Sciences and Economics
  • Laureates
  • Award Ceremony / Gallery


  • Private Foundation