Young Scholars

Since 2020, the WBKolleg has awarded the annual "Young Scholars" prize to excellent young researchers from Switzerland and abroad who successfully work across disciplines and communicate their research to a broad public in a vivid manner. Worth 1,500 SFr, the award aims to identify and promote young talents by increasing their visibility, opening up networking opportunities and providing impetus for scientific and intellectual development. At the same time, young researchers of the Kolleg benefit from the exchange with the scholars. 

The prize is awarded on the occasion of a public event in a Bernese cultural institution. The presentation is flexible in terms of topic, format and location, so that new opportunities for cooperation arise time and again. In addition, visitors to municipal cultural institutions gain insights into current research in the humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences. 

In case of any questions please contact the office manager Dr. Ariane Lorke.

Current Call:

For the year 2024, we look forward to receiving suggestions and self-applications by May 5, 2024!

Call Young Scholars Prize 2024

Recent laureates


Dr. Philipp Krauer

Philipp Krauer received his doctorate from ETH Zurich in 2021 with a thesis on Swiss mercenaries in the Dutch colonial army (1848-1914). His research interests include global, colonial and knowledge history. He holds a Master's degree in History and Philosophy of Knowledge from ETH Zurich and a Bachelor's degree in History and German Language and Literature from the University of Zurich. Since 2021 he has been working as an archivist at the Staatsarchiv of the Canton of Schwyz. He is also co-founder of the public history project «».

The award ceremony took place on 10 November at 6 pm at the Bernisches Historisches Museum. More information here (German).

Congratulations to our award winner for the publication of his dissertation "Swiss Mercenaries in the Dutch East Indies: A Transimperial History of Military Labour, 1848-1914".

Leiden University Press

Open Access


Dr. Leandra Bias

Leandra Bias researches at the intersection of Political Science and Gender Studies with a focus on Russia. She did her DPhil in Politics at Oxford and recently joined the Institute for Political Science as postdoc and Co-PI of the Horizon Europe project UNTWIST. The prize ceremony took place in February 2023 at the Reitschule in Bern.

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