The Walther E. Petrascheck Award recognises scientists under 35 years of age who can demonstrate outstanding scientific works in the field of earth sciences and are working at a university or a research institution in one of the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, or Austria.

Applications are invited from scholars who are not more than 35 years of age.

Selection Process

Prize winners are decided by an awards committee whose members are nominated by the Division of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences of the OeAW.

Application Documents (in English)

  1. Application documents:
    1. Tabular CV including list of publications
    2. Abstracts of the publications submitted
  2. Publications:
    1. Selection of a maximum of 5 publications submitted for the prize
    2. Brief statement on the type and extent of the applicant’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 2 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
Earth Sciences

Value of the Award
4.000,- Euro

biennially, in even years

Next Call: April 2, 2024


  • Awards Committee for Awards in the Field of Geology and Palaeontology
  • Laureates
  • Award Ceremony / Gallery
  • History of the Walther E. Petrascheck Award