Application for the Applied Photonics Award 2020

Who can participate?

All bachelor’s, master’s and diploma theses as well as dissertations (German/English), that were registered at a German university or college in 2019 and evaluated by the supervisor/reviewer and are considered passed until the application is submitted, are eligible to participate.


Furthermore, the work must be particularly relevant in the field of applied photonics.



(Theses and dissertations registered in 2020 can only be considered for the Applied Photonics Award 2021.)

Which topics
are allowed?

Theses can come from a wide variety of disciplines – from mathematics or chemistry to applied optics and physics right up to materials science or biosciences.

What's there to win?

In addition to prize money, the winners will have the opportunity to showcase their thesis and network with a specialist audience.

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€

Which documents are to be submitted?

  • Letter of application + CV (tab.)
  • Exposé/Abstract of the thesis
    (max. 2000 characters, incl. spaces)
  • Copy of the thesis as PDF or similar

What should be in the letter of application?

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

Graphics and illustrations are allowed, but should not exceed 30%.

When is the application deadline?

We will open the application process on April 1, 2020. The closing date for applications will be June 30, 2020.

Where do I send the documents?

Please send your documents in electronic form to

When will the award ceremony take place?

Due to the current situation the planning of larger events is difficult. Information about the award ceremony will be announced in time.

Who can I contact if I still have questions?

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

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