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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 (i.e. the final grading is existent) within 1 January 2017 and 15 August 2018 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 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.

Michael Lankeit, Managing Director of the DPZ, Prof. Eberhard Fuchs, Chairman of the DPZ Sponsorship Society, Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, 2018 Sponsorship Award Winner, and Prof. Stefan Treue, Scientific Director of the DPZ (from left to right). Photo: Karin Tilch
Michael Lankeit, Managing Director of the DPZ, Prof. Eberhard Fuchs, Chairman of the DPZ Sponsorship Society, Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, 2018 Sponsorship Award Winner, and Prof. Stefan Treue, Scientific Director of the DPZ (from left to right). Photo: Karin Tilch

Award winners

YearWinnerInstitute, Research GroupResearch Field
2018Dr. Pooja Viswanathan University Tübingen, Institute of NeurobiologyNeuronal basics of the sense of numbers in primates
2017Dr. Benjamin Dann German Primate Center, Neurobiology LaboratoryEncoding, coordination, and decision making in the primate frontoparietal grasping network
2016Dr. Marlen FröhlichMax-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie, SeewiesenCommunicative complexity and development in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus) in the wild
2015Dr. Gisela KoppGerman Primate Center, Cognitive Ethology LaboratoryRelationship between genes and behavior
2015Dr. Birgit WesternstroerUniversity Hospital Münster, Centre of Reproductive Medicine and AndrologyStem cells in the testicles of mice, common marmosets and humans
2014Dr. Lydia LunczMax-Planck-Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie Leipzig, Abteilung für PrimatologieKulturelle Unterschiede in benachbarten Schimpansengruppen
2014Dr. Stefan SchaffelhoferDeutsches Primatenzentrum, Abteilung NeurobiologieVom Auge zur Hand: Kortikale Prozesse zur Planung und Ausführung von Handbewegungen
2013Dr. Simon JacobCharité Berlin, Psychiatrische KlinikNeuronale Mechanismen exekutiver Funktionen im Präfrontalkortex von Rhesusaffen: Physiologie und Pharmakologie
2012Dr. Vanessa SchmidtGerman Primate Center, Cognitive Ethology LaboratorySocial and Physical cognition in Old World Monkeys
2011Dr. Martin SurbeckMPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of PrimatologyMaternal support, dominance status and mating success in male Bonobos
2011Dr. Stephanie WestendorffGerman Primate Center, Sensorimotor GroupCortical rule-based action plans in Rhesus Monkeys
2010Dr. Vittorio CaggianoMIT, McGovern Institute for Brain ResearchTowards a quantitative analysis of mirror neurons in the monkey cortical premotor area F5
2009Dr. Christian PullerGoethe University Frankfurt/Main, Faculty of Biological SciencesThe synaptic architecture of the cone pedicle in the primate retina
2008Dr. Sebastian MöllerUniversity of Bremen, Brain Research InstituteFunctional anatomy of the Rhesus Macaque face processing system
2007Dr. Laura BusseGerman Primate Center, Cognitive NeuroscienceEffects of selective attention on sensory processing of visual motion
2006Dr. Steffen HageGerman Primate Center, Neurobiology DepartmentOn the role of the pontine brainstem in vocal pattern generation. A telemetric single-unit recording study in the Squirrel Monkey
2005Dr. Antje EngelhardtGerman Primate Center, Reproductive Biology UnitThe significance of male and female reproductive strategies for male reproductive success in wild longtailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis)
2004Dr. Christian RoosGerman Primate Center, Primate Genetics LaboratoryMolecular evolution of the Strepsirrhini
2003Dr. Maarten KoleGerman Primate Center, Clinical Neurobiology LaboratoryAnalysis of stress-induced adaptations of Ca3 pyramidal neurons
2001Dr. Claudia FichtelGerman Primate Center, Neurobiology DepartmentEmotional correlates in vocalizations of primates
2000Dr. Joanna FietzGerman Primate Center, Ethology and Ecology DepartmentPopulation ecology and social organisation of the Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur
1999Dr. Michael SpringGerman Primate Center, Virology and Immunology DepartmentSIV-induced immune pathogenesis of the Rhesus Macaque: The importance of the activation and apoptosis of the virus-specific T-lymphocytes
1998Dr. Stefanie HeiduckGerman Primate Center, Ethology and Ecology DepartmentForaging strategies of Masked Titi Monkeys
1997Dr. Jutta SchmidGerman Primate Center, Ethology and Ecology DivisionTorpor of the Grey Mouse Lemur in Madagaskar: Energetic consequences and ecological impact
1996Dr. Susanne KrasemannGerman Primate Center, Virology and Immunology DivisionInduction of antibodies against human prion proteins by DNA-mediated immunisation of PrP-0/0-mice
1995Dr. Ulf DittmerGerman Primate Center, Virology and Immunology DivisionCellular immune response of Macaques infected with pathogenes of SIV- and HIV-2 immunodeficiency viruses
1993Dr. Dietmar ZinnerGerman Primate Center, Ecology Working GroupBreeding and Feeding competition in Hamadryas Baboons. An experimental study
1992Dr. Olaf JöhrenGerman Primate Center, Neurobiology DepartmentGlucocorticoid receptor gene expression in the brain of Tupaia nelangeri
1991Dr. Gerald VossGerman Primate Center, Virology and Immunology DivisionCharacterization of the cellular immune response of HIV-2-infected Long-tailed Macaques and SIV-mac-immunized and -infected Rhesus Macaques
1990Dr. Frank KirchhoffGerman Primate Center, Virology and Immunology DivisionInsulation 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
1989Dr. Eckhard HeymannGerman Primate Center, Ethology Working GroupField studies on the behavior and ecology of Tamarines
1988Dr. Gabriele FlüggeGerman Primate Center, Reproduction Biology Working GroupAdrenergic receptors in the brain of Tupaia


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Call for DPZ Sponsorship Prize 2018
Call for DPZ Sponsorship Prize 2018