The Ignaz L. Lieben Award is given to scientists for outstanding achievements in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry or physics.

Applications are invited from scientists under 40 (the age limit is raised by a maximum of 4 years for periods of childcare) who have completed their doctorate, can demonstrate outstanding work in their field and have worked as scientists without interruption during the last 3 years (calculated by submission date) in one of the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Slovakia; Slovenia; the Czech Republic; Hungary; or Austria.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences and the academies of the above countries may nominate suitable candidates; full Members of an academy of sciences may neither apply nor be nominated.

Re-application for the award is permitted after two years have passed.


Selection process

The prize winner is decided by the General Assembly of the OeAW at the recommendation of an awards committee on the basis of international peer review.

Application documents

  1. Application documents:
    1. Letter of recommendation (optional)
    2. Tabular CV
    3. List of publications
  2. Publications:
    1. Selection of a maximum of five of the candidate's most important publications as PDF files
    2. Brief statement of the nature and extent of the candidate's contribution to these selected publications

Upload via online form


The completed documents are to be uploaded via the online form.

Fill in the online form and upload the documents as a total of 6 PDF files.

The individual files may not exceed 10 MB.

Afterwards, you will receive a document that you will have to print and sign. Return a scan of the signed form in PDF format (single file) as an attachment to a reply to the received email (click reply button). IMPORTANT: The default subject and recipient must not be changed.


Upon receipt of your application, we will check that it is complete and meets the formal criteria and it will then be entered into the database of the Department of Fellowships and Awards.

Once the application has been checked for completeness, the applicant will receive confirmation by email.


Research Areas
Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Value of Prize
36.000,-- USD

Next call: September 20, 2024