Application for the Applied Photonics Award 2024

Who can participate?

You can apply for the Applied Photonics Award annually from April 1 to June 30. Eligible are 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 to have been passed by the time the application is submitted.

In addition, the thesis must be characterized by a particular relevance in the field of applied photonics.

Which topics
are of interest?

Theses can come from a wide variety of disciplines ranging from mathematics and chemistry to applied optics and physics as well as materials science and biosciences.

What's there to win?

In addition to prize money, the winners will have the opportunity to showcase their thesis in front of a specialist audience and network with representatives of industry and research in the optics and photonics field. 

What categories
are there?

Category A: Best Bachelor Thesis
Prize money 1000€

Category B: Best Master Thesis 
Prize money 2000€

Category C: Best Dissertation
Prize money 3000€

Required documents

  • Letter of application
  • Application form (Download-Button at the end)
  • CV
  • Copy of the thesis in PDF format or similar
  • List of own patents/publications, if existing

What should the letter of application include?

The letter of application should indicate the relevance of the topic addressed to applied photonics.

The length of the document should not exceed 8,000 characters (including spaces).

Graphics and figures are allowed, but must not exceed 30% of the total length.

The letter can be written in German or English.

When is the application deadline?

We will open the application process on April 1, 2024. The closing date for applications will be June 30, 2024.

Where do I submit the documents?

Please send your documents in electronic form to

When will the award ceremony take place?

The winners of the Applied Photonics Award 2024 will have the opportunity to present their thesis in about 5 min to a broad audience at the Photonics Days Jena.

Who can I contact if I still have questions?

If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them to

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