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Ernst Waldschmidt Prize

The Ernst Waldschmidt Prize is awarded by the Stiftung Ernst Waldschmidt at the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz for valuable contributions to research in the field of Indian studies, in particular in the areas in which Waldschmidt specialised (Buddhism and Indian and Central Asian archaeology and art).

It is aimed particularly at supporting early-career researchers in the field of Indian studies in Germany. Winners of the prize receive €5,000, and it is awarded every five years, with the next round coming up in 2025.The decision on awarding the prize is made by the board, on the advice of the advisory board of the Ernst Waldschmidt Stiftung Berlin.

Nominations can be made by all high-ranking scholars in the field. Candidates may also nominate themselves.

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Academic CV
  • List of publications
  • Writing samples

Applications are to be sent to Prof. Dr. Ingo Strauch

Previous winners

Dr. Friederike Grenner
Dissertation: “Śakti-Pīṭhas: The Sacred Sites of the Goddess”, Zürich

Dr. Ruixuan Chen
Dissertation: “The Nandimitrāvadāna: A Living Text from the Buddhist Tradition”, Heidelberg

Dr. Andrea Schlosser
Dissertation: On the Bodhisattva Path in Gandhāra: Edition of Fragment 4 and 11 from the Bajaur Collection of Kharoṣṭhī Manuscripts. Berlin, FMU, 2013.

Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin (Moser)
Dissertation: Naṅṅyār-Kūttu – ein Teilaspekt des Sanskrittheaterkomplexes Kūṭiyāṭṭam. Historische Entwicklung und performative Textumsetzung.Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2008.

Dr. habil. Dragomir Dimitrov
Dissertation: Śabdālakāradoavibhāga– Die Unterscheidung der Lautfiguren und der Fehler. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Kazzazi
Dissertation: Untersuchungen zu ‘Mann und Frau’ im Ṛgveda – mit einem Exkurs über Wörter für Frau im Atharvaveda (Śaunakīya-Rezension). Innsbruck: Inst. für Sprachen und Literaturen, 2001.

Prof. Dr. Alexander von Rospatt
Dissertation: The Buddhist Doctrine of Momentariness – A Survey of the Origins and Early Phase of this Doctrine up to Vasubhandhu. Stuttgart: Steiner, 1995.

Dr. Michael Balk
Dissertation: Untersuchungen zum Udānavarga. Marburg: Indica et Tibetica Verlag, 2011.