Application start "Applied Photonics Award

From April 1 to June 30, 2024, students and doctoral candidates can again apply for the Fraunhofer IOF Young Scientist Award with their final thesis.


Presentation of the Applied Photonics Award 2023

On October 12, the Fraunhofer IOF Young Investigator Award was presented for five outstanding final theses as part of the "Photonics Days Jena 2023".


Interviews with
the new winners

Learn more about the previous winners and their topics for which they have been awarded the Applied Photonics Award.

About the "Applied Photonics Award"
How can I apply?

The "Applied Photonics Award" is a prize for the promotion of young researchers for theses that are particularly relevant in the field of applied photonics. The award is presented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena. The institute has been conducting application-oriented research in the field of photonics for over 30 years and develops innovative optical systems for controlling light. As key technologies, optics and photonics contribute to solving challenges facing mankind today. The Applied Photonics Award was created to recognize particularly original and innovative theses that address the topics of applied photonics.

You can apply for the Applied Photonics Award annually from April 1 to June 30. Eligible are all bachelor, master, diploma theses as well as dissertations (German/English), which have been registered at a German university or college and have been evaluated by the supervisor/appraiser in the current calendar year or in the previous year. The thesis must be considered passed by the time the application is submitted. Applicants can come from a wide range of disciplines - from mathematics or chemistry to applied optics and physics to materials or life sciences.

You can find more detailed information about the application process (required documents, application deadline, etc.) here.   


In addition to prize money, all winners have the opportunity to exhibit their final thesis to a broad specialist audience.



The Jury

The junior prize Applied Photonics Award is intended to honor work that deals with innovative and economically viable optical technologies for sustainable living and business. For this reason, the jury consists of actors from industry and science.

The Sponsors 2023


This year's Applied Photonics Award is again being presented with the kind support of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) as well as the companies Active Fiber Systems, JENOPTIK, TRUMPF, and Huawei Technologies.


The Organizer

The junior prize Applied Photonics Award is awarded by the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.) and its Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF.