We are pleased to announce the third edition of the Henrik Enderlein Prize for excellence in the social sciences.

The prize is awarded annually to a European researcher under the age of forty, whose work is considered to have made an outstanding contribution in her or his field. Honouring the memory of Professor Henrik Enderlein, late president of the Hertie School in Berlin and alumnus of Sciences Po in Paris, the prize recognises the value of original ideas and research that are both judged as excellent within the scientific community and relevant for public affairs and social cohesion in Europe.

The prize is awarded jointly by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Hertie School in Berlin and Sciences Po in Paris, and is supported by the newspapers Handelsblatt and Les Echos. The award carries a monetary prize of 10,000 euros.


Candidates can be nominated or self-nominate themselves. All candidates must:

  • have a record of scientific excellence in the social sciences, with a particular focus on economics, political science, sociology, or related fields and disciplines
  • be less than forty years old by the end of the calendar year that precedes the award ceremony (i.e. born in or after 1984 for the 2024 prize)
  • hold citizenship from the European Union or work for a research institution located within the European Research Area


We are currently accepting nominations for the year 2024, and the nomination period will remain open until 10 March.

Additional guidance from the selection committee

  • The committee will consider on equal footing applications from candidates doing research in different fields of social sciences.
  • The committee will base its assessment on the excellence, relevance and impact of a candidate’s research. To this end it will consider publications in academic journals as well as contributions to public policy and the public debate.

Application files must include:

  • An application letter (max 750 words) from the candidate or a person nominating her;
  • A summary presentation (max 1000 words) of the candidate’s research and policy work of relevance for the application;
  • A CV;
  • Three publications (maximum) for consideration by the selection committee.

Candidates may request that the age threshold be applied flexibly for justifiable reasons, such as caregiver duties and health-related reasons.

Please send your application to lawton[at]hertie-school[dot]org


Selection procedure

The prize committee is composed of eight people and includes representatives from the two universities and the Foreign Offices, as well as three additional scholars recognised for their work in a diverse set of social science disciplines. The committee will select the prize recipient after due scrutiny and collective discussion of scientific merits and impact beyond academia.                    


Selection committee

  • Cornelia Woll, President and Professor of International Political Economy at the Hertie School | President of the jury
  • Jean Pisani-Ferry, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa chair, European University Institute. Professor at Sciences Po and Professor Emeritus at the Hertie School. Senior Fellow at Bruegel and the Peterson Institute for International  Economics.
  • Dorit Geva, Professor of Politics and Gender at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft at the University of Vienna
  • Jakob Vogel, Director of the Centre Marc Bloch and Professor of History at Sciences Po
  • Sergei Guriev, Professor of Economics and Provost at Sciences Po
  • Thurid Hustedt, Professor of Public Administration and Management and Dean of Graduate Programmes at the Hertie School
  • Anna Schröder, Deputy Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • Leonor Guy, Deputy Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation, German Federal Foreign Office


  1. Are the candidates in the humanities eligible to apply? Candidates in the humanities may apply as long as their research is closely related to disciplines in the social sciences.
  2. Are the candidates from the EU candidate countries (negotiating status) eligible to submit applications?  Yes, you are welcome to apply.
  3. Can the age limit be flexible? I am now 40 years old, but by the end of 2024, I will be 41. Am I still eligible to apply? You state that “Candidates may request that the age threshold be applied flexibly for justifiable reasons, such as caregiver duties and health-related reasons”. I can provide some medical reasons. Health-related reasons must be duly justified. Upon review of relevant proof, the jury may grant some flexibility. Yet, there is no guarantee. 
  4. Questions about the three publications to send: do they have to be in English? And is it possible to send a book instead of an article? Yes, publications must be submitted in the English language so as to make sure the international jury can review them. We suggest you provide articles, but a book is fine as long as you provide an abstract.
  5. Can a "pair of applicants" be nominated if two eligible young researchers have contributed jointly to a project? As the prize is awarded to an individual, it is not possible to nominate several people or projects led by several people.
Anna Lührmann, Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office, and Clément Beaune, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, announcing the Henrik Enderlein Prize in 2022.

“Henrik was an innovative policy thinker and a dedicated academic. He was passionate and thorough, path-breaking and meticulous.To award the Enderlein prize to a young researcher in social sciences is the best possible way to honour his memory.”

Jean Pisani-Ferry, President of the 2022 jury

“In honor of the late Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein, we are looking forward to contributions that exemplify a strong, peaceful and forward-thinking Europe. Alongside our Franco-German partners we want to showcase the powerful impact of research.”

Cornelia Woll, President of the Hertie School