Promote young talent, support research on and with primates
The non-profit Sponsorship Society of the German Primate Center ("Förderkreis des Deutschen Primatenzentrums e.V.") is a point of contact for all who are interested in the research of the German Primate Center (DPZ) and for those who would like to support its work.
The funding focuses of the Sponsorship Society is on research projects that directly benefit humans, animals or their environment, or whose results contribute to a fundamental understanding of primate biology. The focus is on providing targeted support for young scientists in primatological research and young scientists who are supported in starting their own scientific career.
There are always projects where formal or budgetary constraints limit the work of the Institute and where valuable support can be achieved even with a small amount of funding. Since its foundation in 1985, the Sponsorship Society has initiated measures for various projects.
If you are a young scientist (PhD candidate, postdoc) and decide to become a member of the Sponsorship Society (current membership fee €10/year), you have the possibility to apply for funds, which e.g. financially support a certain congress trip or an invitation of colleagues of your department to the DPZ. In addition, the Sponsorship Society organizes events for members at which former PhDs report on their career paths and thus illustrate examples of where primate researchers can go professionally upon completion of a PhD.
The Sponsorship Society also supports training courses and symposiums on primate-specific topics in the countries of origin of primates. In addition to training local students, the focus is also on projects to inform the local population about nature and species conservation. As an example, the Sponsorship Society regularly supports courses in Vietnam and Peru to improve research and conservation measures for the endangered primates of these countries. These courses, conducted by DPZ scientists in close cooperation with scientists from local institutions/universities, are very popular and in high demand.
The current COVID-19 pandemic once again clearly demonstrates the dangerous nature of zoonotic diseases (infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans). Non-human primates can also play an important role as reservoirs for human diseases. For this reason, the Sponsorship Society participated years ago in setting up a laboratory in the research camp in Lake Manyara National Park (Tanzania) to conduct research of "neglected tropical diseases".
PhD Thesis Award - Apply Now!
In 2022, the Sponsorship Society of the DPZ will once again award a doctoral prize worth 1000 euros for the best dissertation of the year at the DPZ.
All DPZ doctoral students who have completed their doctoral thesis in 2022 may apply until January 31st, 2023.
The DPZ Photo Award
A picture can paint a thousand words - especially when it comes to attracting attention to primate research, this phrase is spot on. The Sponsorship Society has funded the DPZ Photo Award since 2015. Every year the DPZ invites its employees to visualize their association with the DPZ in the form of photographs. The top 30 pictures are exhibited at the DPZ and many of them are utilized for the DPZ calendar.
Here are some of the best pictures of the past few years.
How to support the work of the DPZ
In order to fund our activities, we ask for your support in the form of a membership in our Society or for individual self-specified donations. Since the Sponsorship Society works as a non-profit, we are permitted to provide you with a corresponding donation receipt.
As a member of the Sponsorship Society:
You support the DPZ ideally as well as financially.
- With your annual contribution of at least 10, - Euro you support young scientists at the Institute.
- You finance projects that help primate research, conservation, animal welfare and health research.
- You contribute to the research for humans and the environment.
What are the rewards for you?
- Every year at Christmas, you will receive the DPZ wall calendar.
- You will receive our journal “DPZ Aktuell”, to keep you informed of the latest developments and activities of the institute.
- You will receive brochures, invitations to lectures, the ceremony for the Sponsorship Award and symposia, as well as invitations to all the public events at the DPZ.
- As a young scientist (PhD, PostDoc) you will receive invitations to career orientation meetings.
- As a young scientist (PhD, PostDoc) you have the possibility to apply for financial assistance for your trips to congresses and invitations from colleagues.
Here you will find the statutes of a Sponsorship Society (in German only).
Become a member
With a one-time donation
You will support the research of young scientists at the DPZ with your one-time donation, which also includes the option to determine the project on which the money is spent. We would be glad to provide you with a receipt for your donation.
Make a donation
IBAN: DE03 2605 0001 0000 1147 77
Promote research as a part of your legacy
With a testamentary bequest in favor of the Sponsorship Society you support the research projects of our young scientists and help the DPZ to further develop its excellent working conditions and high standards in research and animal welfare. Perhaps your donation will foster a particularly courageous project that turns out to be groundbreaking for the welfare of humans or animals.
Please contact us for information on this matter.
DPZ Sponsorship Society
Articles of the DPZ Sponsorship Society (only in German)
Become a member
PhD Thesis Award