Every year, the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts (StMWK) awards the Prize for Excellence in Teaching to selected outstanding lecturers at Bavarian universities.
Aiming to provide an incentive for academic teaching staff to gear up their instructional efforts, this prize signalizes that, at Bavarian universities, high-powered teaching is valued on a par with research achievements. Considering that third-party grants have long spurred researchers' enthusiasm, this prize represents a much-needed means of extending comparable recognition to university educators.
Endowed with €5,000, the Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded on recommendation by the presidents or chancellors of Bavarian universities to academic staff whose main occupation is teaching. Nominees are selected with students participating.