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 lively, comprehensible and 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. 

The Call for 2023 will be published in spring 2023.

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


We are exceptionally pleased to announce Dr. Leandra Bias as the 2022 awardee. The award recognizes Dr. Bias' outstanding interdisciplinary research at the intersection of political science and gender studies with a focus on Russia and, in particular, its outreach to a broad public. The Walter Benjamin Kolleg warmly congratulates Leandra Bias and looks forward to the award ceremony in a Bernese cultural institution in spring 2023.

Recent laureates


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 will take place in the early spring term at a cultural institution in Bern. Check back in December for more details.

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