Award for Digitalization Research 2023,

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The Digital Science Center (DiSC) solicits applications for the Award for Digitalization Research 2023 (short: DiSC Award 2023) which is issued in cooperation with sponsoring company BE-terna. Early-stage researchers from any scientific discipline at the University of Innsbruck are eligible for the award. It is bestowed on candidates whose final academic thesis received excellent grades and demonstrates a clear relation to research in the field of digitalization, either with regard to methods or content.

Digitalization refers to the profound transformation of processes through digital tools, methods, and media. It brings about new challenges, but also new opportunities for all aspects of society. The award will be given to theses which contribute to meeting these challenges or benefitting from the opportunities.

The award is divided into two categories:

  1.  Master‘s theses or Diplom theses, with a prize money amounting to €500.
  2.  Doctoral theses, with a prize money amounting to €1000.

The applicant must have been enrolled at the University of Innsbruck and the thesis must have been submitted to the University of Innsbruck. The degree certificate [Bescheid] must have been issued in the past year. In particular, the time span from the date of the certificate to the application deadline must not exceed 12 months (last possible date: 3 April 2022).

The applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:


  1. Either:


   (a) The thesis uses methods of digitalization in an innovative way to examine a research question from any scientific discipline.




   (b) The thesis analyzes the impact of digitalization on society, for example from a social, business, economic, legal or ethical perspective.


  1. Scientific quality of the thesis


[3. Transformative potential of the thesis – primarily relevant for doctoral theses]


Here you can find the detailed criteria catalog  which will serve as a guideline to the jury.


To avoid overlaps with the award issued by the FSP Scientific Computing, theses with a clear focus on Scientific Computing topics are excluded. Please also note that theses which have already received an award from the University of Innsbruck will not be given another award. The DiSC Award will be given to one and the same person only once.

Applicants must be nominated by their main supervisor. Each main supervisor may nominate at most one thesis per category. Applicants should justify on no more than one DINA4 page in what way their thesis is relevant to the call and fulfills the abovementioned criteria. Application documents may be submitted in German or English. The application deadline is 3 April 2023.


Please send the following documents by e-mail to in pdf format:

  •  Application form, including the nomination by the main supervisor
  •  Thesis in digital format
  •  Short summary of the thesis (abstract), unless already part of the thesis
  •  Letter of motivation justifying the relevance of the thesis to the call (Please answer the following questions: Why does the thesis deserve the award? How does it fit with the goals of the award in terms of subject matter or methods used and in how far does it cover track 1a) or 1b)? In what ways does it fulfill the criteria?) (max. 1 DINA4 page)
  •  Degree certificate and notice of award
  •  Reviews [Gutachten]:
    • Master’s/Diplom thesis: 1 review in the form of a letter of recommendation by the supervisor
    • Doctoral thesis: all examiner’s reviews


(Contact: Carina König)

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