Research Sociology / Franz-Xaver Kaufmann Prize
The Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University honours emerging talent with the Franz Xaver Kaufmann Prize, endowed with 10,000 euros.
In 2019, the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University is launching the Franz-Xaver Kaufmann Prize for the first time. With prize money of 10,000 euros, this award honours and rewards emerging researchers at an early stage of their career.
The Franz-Xaver Kaufmann Prize recognises the achievements of scientists who have published a second, internationally recognised scientific work within five years of their doctorate or have made comparable scientific achievements in German or English. The award winners are distinguished by their promising future prospects of making significant international scientific contributions in their respective fields.
Welcoming Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult, Franz-Xaver Kaufmann (left) by Prof. Dr. Andreas Vasilache (right front) and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sagerer (right back).
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Franz-Xaver Kaufmann gives the welcoming speech.
The prize bears the name of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Franz-Xaver Kaufmann, a founding member of the Faculty of Sociology and Honorary Senator of Bielefeld University. With his outstanding work in the fields of family and religious sociology as well as the sociological analysis of social policy, Kaufmann has contributed significantly to the reputation of the faculty.
Kaufmann always paid special attention to promoting young academics. In his honour, the Faculty of Sociology awards the Franz Xaver Kaufmann Prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, every two years.
The award winner PD Dr Janne Mende (right) and Dr Jan Beek (left).
The first award ceremony took place on 13 November 2019. The jury around Prof. Dr. Diana Lengersdorf selected two winners: Dr. Andrea Kretschmann from the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin and Dr. Aaron Sahr from the Hamburg Institute for Social Research prevailed in the field of young academics worthy of the prize. On 14 September 2022, PD Dr. Janne Mende and Dr. Jan Beek won the prize as young researchers.