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The DPZ Sponsorship Award

You've just completed your PhD thesis and you research with primates?
Why not apply for the DPZ Sponsorship Award?

The DPZ Sponsorship Award is given annually to young scientists who conduct research with or on non-human primates.

A prerequisite for the nomination is an outstanding doctoral thesis completed within the last 12 months in Germany. Applications are open to young scientists of various biological and biomedical disciplines, if primates are an indispensable part of their work. This can for example be a behavioral study in the field, a research project to understand the basic functions of the brain, or even an infection biological study for vaccine development.

The members of the external Scientific Advisory Board of the DPZ select the winners. The award consists of a six months scholarship to perform at an institute of its own choice, a primate-related research project and 1,000.00 Euros in cash. The scholarship starts within three years after the award ceremony.

Electronic applications (as a PDF via e-mail) must reach us by August 15th with the following documents:

  • PhD thesis, state the start and finish, supervisors, grade
  • A Summary of the main results of the thesis
  • A letters of support (max 3 pages) from an established scientist with a justification for special eligibility
  • CV
  • List of publications indicating which ones are "published" or "in press"
  • Most important publications
  • A short description of the intended use of the award

Please send your documents to Michael Lankeit (mlankeit(at), Secretary of the Sponsorship Society and Administrative Director of the DPZ.

EUROIMMUN, Lübeck, Germany, is a sponsor of the award.

Award winners

Year Winner Institute, Research Group Research Field
2017 Dr. Benjamin Dann German Primate Center, Neurobiology Laboratory Encoding, coordination, and decision making in the primate frontoparietal grasping network
2016 Dr. Marlen Fröhlich Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie, Seewiesen Communicative complexity and development in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus) in the wild
2015 Dr. Gisela Kopp German Primate Center, Cognitive Ethology Laboratory Relationship between genes and behavior
2015 Dr. Birgit Westernstroer University Hospital Münster, Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology Stem cells in the testicles of mice, common marmosets and humans
2014 Dr. Lydia Luncz Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie Leipzig, Abteilung für Primatologie Kulturelle Unterschiede in benachbarten Schimpansengruppen
2014 Dr. Stefan Schaffelhofer Deutsches Primatenzentrum, Abteilung Neurobiologie Vom Auge zur Hand: Kortikale Prozesse zur Planung und Ausführung von Handbewegungen
2013 Dr. Simon Jacob Charité Berlin, Psychiatrische Klinik Neuronale Mechanismen exekutiver Funktionen im Präfrontalkortex von Rhesusaffen: Physiologie und Pharmakologie
2012 Dr. Vanessa Schmidt German Primate Center, Cognitive Ethology Laboratory Social and Physical cognition in Old World Monkeys
2011 Dr. Martin Surbeck MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology Maternal support, dominance status and mating success in male Bonobos
2011 Dr. Stephanie Westendorff German Primate Center, Sensorimotor Group Cortical rule-based action plans in Rhesus Monkeys
2010 Dr. Vittorio Caggiano MIT, McGovern Institute for Brain Research Towards a quantitative analysis of mirror neurons in the monkey cortical premotor area F5
2009 Dr. Christian Puller Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Faculty of Biological Sciences The synaptic architecture of the cone pedicle in the primate retina
2008 Dr. Sebastian Möller University of Bremen, Brain Research Institute Functional anatomy of the Rhesus Macaque face processing system
2007 Dr. Laura Busse German Primate Center, Cognitive Neuroscience Effects of selective attention on sensory processing of visual motion
2006 Dr. Steffen Hage German Primate Center, Neurobiology Department On the role of the pontine brainstem in vocal pattern generation. A telemetric single-unit recording study in the Squirrel Monkey
2005 Dr. Antje Engelhardt German Primate Center, Reproductive Biology Unit The significance of male and female reproductive strategies for male reproductive success in wild longtailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis)
2004 Dr. Christian Roos German Primate Center, Primate Genetics Laboratory Molecular evolution of the Strepsirrhini
2003 Dr. Maarten Kole German Primate Center, Clinical Neurobiology Laboratory Analysis of stress-induced adaptations of Ca3 pyramidal neurons
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2001 Dr. Claudia Fichtel German Primate Center, Neurobiology Department Emotional correlates in vocalizations of primates
2000 Dr. Joanna Fietz German Primate Center, Ethology and Ecology Department Population ecology and social organisation of the Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur
1999 Dr. Michael Spring German Primate Center, Virology and Immunology Department SIV-induced immune pathogenesis of the Rhesus Macaque: The importance of the activation and apoptosis of the virus-specific T-lymphocytes
1998 Dr. Stefanie Heiduck German Primate Center, Ethology and Ecology Department Foraging strategies of Masked Titi Monkeys
1997 Dr. Jutta Schmid German Primate Center, Ethology and Ecology Division Torpor of the Grey Mouse Lemur in Madagaskar: Energetic consequences and ecological impact
1996 Dr. Susanne Krasemann German Primate Center, Virology and Immunology Division Induction of antibodies against human prion proteins by DNA-mediated immunisation of PrP-0/0-mice
1995 Dr. Ulf Dittmer German Primate Center, Virology and Immunology Division Cellular immune response of Macaques infected with pathogenes of SIV- and HIV-2 immunodeficiency viruses
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1993 Dr. Dietmar Zinner German Primate Center, Ecology Working Group Breeding and Feeding competition in Hamadryas Baboons. An experimental study
1992 Dr. Olaf Jöhren German Primate Center, Neurobiology Department Glucocorticoid receptor gene expression in the brain of Tupaia nelangeri
1991 Dr. Gerald Voss German Primate Center, Virology and Immunology Division Characterization of the cellular immune response of HIV-2-infected Long-tailed Macaques and SIV-mac-immunized and -infected Rhesus Macaques
1990 Dr. Frank Kirchhoff German Primate Center, Virology and Immunology Division Insulation and biological and genetic characterization of HIV-2-clones for investigating the negative regulatory factor and of chimerias between HIV-2- and HIV-1-coat-protein
1989 Dr. Eckhard Heymann German Primate Center, Ethology Working Group Field studies on the behavior and ecology of Tamarines
1988 Dr. Gabriele Flügge German Primate Center, Reproduction Biology Working Group Adrenergic receptors in the brain of Tupaia


Ass. jur. Michael Lankeit Förderkreis des DPZ e.V. +49 551 3851-114 +49 551 3851-228 Contact

Call for DPZ Sponsorship Prize 2017
Call for DPZ Sponsorship Prize 2017