Academic Prizes

Fifth Demography Prize 2014/2015

Demography_Prize_2015_English_poster_finalThe 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 is:

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

The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2015.

By means of this award, the FRFG and IF aim to open up a debate, based on sound academic research, about intergenerationally just politics and demographic change, and to encourage suggestions for potential future action. The invitation to enter is extended to young academics from all disciplines.

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

The German version of this announcement can be found on the FRFG website, by following 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)

Intergenerational Justice Prize 2013/14




The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) are joining forces again to award the Intergenerational Justice Prize 2013/14. A prize of €10,000 – generously endowed by the Stiftung Apfelbaum – will be divided among the winning entrants.

 The topic of the 2013/14 prize is:

 “Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice

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.

 Fourth Demography-Prize 2012/2013

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


The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) award the biennial Demography Prize, endowed with €10,000 (ten thousand euros), to essayists who address political and demographic themes relevant to the field of intergenerational justice. The prize was initiated and is funded by the Stiftung Apfelbaum.

Through the prize, FRFG and IF aim to promote a discussion of intergenerational justice in society, and, by providing a scientific basis to the debate, establish new perspectives for decision-makers.

The 2012/2013 Prize was awarded to, and divided among, the following entrants:

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)

The winning works will be awarded during a symposium on Youth Quotas in 25/26 October in Stuttgart. More information about the symposium and the conference programme can be found here.

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


Intergenerational Justice Award 2011/12

For 2011/21012, the theme was “The German Debt Brake”. The deadline was 1 June 2012.

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

The first prize (€6,000) was awarded to Heiko Burret, doctoral candidate at the Walter Eucken Institut, for his essay “Die deutsche Schuldenbremse als Panazee? –Eine Analyse im historischen Kontext” (The German Debt Brake as Panacea? – An Analysis in Historical Context). Lea Sophie Grohmann was awarded second place (€4,000) for her submission “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

IF and Germany’s Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) joined forces in 2011 to launch the Third Demography Prize for Young Researchers (closing date for submissions was 1 October 2011).

Papers of between 20 and 40 pages long were requested on the following topic: “Old majority – Young minority: Where is a power shift between generations already visible and how can you balance it?”

The prize was €10,000, funded by the German Apfelbaum Foundation in order to promote a public and science-based debate about demographic change and its consequences.

The following papers were awarded prizes during a Symposium in Berlin on 16 January 2012:

1st Prize (€6,000):
Bettina Munimus: “From a quantitative majority to qualitative power? An examination of interest groups which represent the older generation” (in German) PDF

2nd Prize (€4,000)
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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