The Swiss Institute of International Studies (SIAF) is organizing an academic prize of the title “SIAF Award”.
The SIAF Award is awarded annually for outstanding dissertations in the field of either the Faculty of Philosophy (PHIL), the Faculty of Law (RWF) or the Faculty of Economics (WWF) of the University of Zurich, as well as the Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) and the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Political Sciences (D-GESS) at ETH Zurich.
The prize money is CHF 10,000.–.
The dissertation should deal with topics relevant to the understanding of political, economic, social and cultural relations in a global world. It should be distinguished by its scientific foundation, unique and independent way of thinking and innovative questions.
The first SIAF Award will be announced in the spring semester 2009.
The faculties or departments from which dissertations can be proposed for the prize change on an annual basis. It begins with the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zurich together with the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Political Sciences at ETH Zurich. This is followed by the Faculty of Law (RWF) at the University of Zurich, which in turn is followed by the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zurich together with the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich.
Dissertations completed no more than three years ago may be submitted.
The thesis must be submitted in printed form and electronically (PDF) to the SIAF office between April 1 and June 30 of the current year.
A copy of the doctoral certificate and a short curriculum vitae must also be submitted. The submitted documents cannot be returned.
The scientific jury is appointed by the SIAF Board of Directors. At present, the following are its members: Prof. Dr. Francis Cheneval (Chairman), Prof. Dr. Bernd Roeck, Prof. Dr. Georg Kohler, Prof. Dr. Georg von Krogh, Prof. Dr. Regina Kiener.
The SIAF office may make a preselection for the attention of the jury.
The jury reserves the right not to award a prize if the submitted dissertations do not meet the required level.
The prize will be awarded at an event organised by the Swiss Institute of International Studies in the current autumn semester. The winner must be present.
If the dissertation does not meet the scientific standards of the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich and the degree is revoked by the university, the prize will be revoked and the prize money is to be refunded.
March 15th 2010