Academic Prizes

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The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) are joining forces again to award the Intergenerational Justice Prize 2015/16. A prize of €10,000 – generously endowed by the Stiftung Apfelbaum – will be divided among the winning entrants.

 The topic of the 2015/16 prize is:

 “Constitutions as millstones? Are regular national constitutional conventions the solution to give successive generations the flexibility they need?”

The prize is primarily aimed at young researchers (students, PhD students and postgraduates).

For more details about the topic, a reading list and entry requirements, follow this link.

Please spread the word! Above right is a downloadable A4 poster, which you can print out and display.


Recent competitions and prizes (deadlines expired)

Fifth Demography Prize 2014/2015

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The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) award the Demography Prize, which carries a total value of 10,000 Euros, divided up among winning entrants. The Prize, funded and supported by the Stiftung Apfelbaum (Apfelbaum Foundation), is awarded every two years.

The topic for the 5th Demography Prize was:

 “Low Electoral Turnout among Young People – Consequences and Remedies”

The winning submissions were:

1st Prize: Charlotte Snelling: “Questioning the turnout-raising potential of educational expansion: to what extent will supporting a more educated youth electorate boost youth turnout?”

2nd Prize: Thomas Tozer: “Why democracy and the defence of liberty requires the rejection of compulsory voting and the adoption of financial incentives for young voters”

3rd Prize: Jonas Israel and Maximilian Brenker: “Mobilisierung von Jungwählern durch kommunale Online-Wahlhilfen – Eine empirische Untersuchung anhand des Lokal-o-Mat” (Mobilisation of young voters through communal online electoral support – an empirical review based on the Lokal-o-Mat [an online tool to promote political participation and communication prior to local elections])

The first and second winning essays (submitted in English) will be published in the next edition of the Intergenerational Justice Review (Spring 2016).

For a complete version of the original topic announcement, follow this link.

Intergenerational Justice Prize 2013/14



The topic of the 2013/14 prize was:

 “Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice

The winning submissions were:

1st Prize: Miriam Stehling and Merle-Marie Kruse: “Occupy als Jugendbewegung für Generationengerechtigkeit? Mediatisierte Aushandlungen”

2nd Prize: Sonja Thau: “Der Arabische Frühling als Ruf für Generationengerechtigkeit”

3rd Prize: Thomas Tozer: “Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice”

Other prize winners:

Marlene Heinrich and Marion-Christine Totter “Movimiento Multicolorido (Bunte Bewegung). Die Bewegung 15-M und ihr Versuch einer gerechten Welt”

Mie Scott Georgsen: “Contentious Youths? A Case Study on The Gezi Park Protests and the Maidan Uprising”

Christiane Hoth: “Die ‘Generation Y’ und der movimiento estudiantil in Chile”

Anna Braam: “Die Occupy-Bewegung im Lichte der Generationengerechtigkeit”

Paul Schulmeister: “Strukturelle und ideologische Unsicherheiten der Jugendgeneration. Dynamiken und Brüche bei Jugendbewegungen”

For a complete version of the original topic announcement, follow this link.

 Fourth Demography-Prize 2012/2013


The topic of the 2012/13 prize was:

“Youth Quotas – The Answer to Changes in Age Demographics?”

The winning submissions were:

1st Prize: Juliana Bidadanure: “Better Procedures For Fairer Outcomes: Are Youth Quotas Required by Intergenerational Justice?” (PDF)

2nd Prize: Fatema Jahan: “Youth Quotas and Youth-i-zation, or Youth Leadership and Youth Movement? – A response to age demographics” (PDF)

Two 3rd Prizes: Tobias Hainz: “Sind Jugendquoten eine Form der Altersdiskriminierung?” (PDF) and Elias Naumann, Moritz Heß and Leander Steinkopf: “Der Generationenkonflikt in Europa. Die Jugendquote: von den Europäern gewollt?” (PDF)

For a complete version of the original topic announcement, follow this link.

Intergenerational Justice Award 2011/12


The topic of the 2011/21012 was:

“The German Debt Brake”

The prize of  €10,000, financed by the Apfelbaum Foundation, was awarded and divided as follows:

The winning submissions were:

1st Prize: Heiko Burret: “Die deutsche Schuldenbremse als Panazee? –Eine Analyse im historischen Kontext” (The German Debt Brake as Panacea? – An Analysis in Historical Context).

2nd Prize: Lea Sophie Grohmann: “Generationengerechte Finanzpolitik im Bundesstaat – Ohne Aussicht auf Erfolg?“ (Generationally Just Financial Policy at the Level of the Federal State – No Prospect of Success?).

For more information, see the FRFG website.

Demography Prize 2010/11


The topic for the 2010/11 prize was:

“Old majority – Young minority: Where is a power shift between generations already visible and how can you balance it?”

The winning submissions were:

1st Prize: Bettina Munimus: “From a quantitative majority to qualitative power? An examination of interest groups which represent the older generation” (in German) PDF

2nd Prize: Cornelia Wiethaler: “The idea of justice according to Amartya Sen applied to the German social security system – three sketches of a model for local responsibility” (in German) PDF

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