Every year, the Stifterverband (Donor's Association) awards the Ars Legendi Prize for excellence in university teaching, on recommendation by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK).
Aiming to draw attention to the importance of university teaching as an essential building block in the professional formation of junior scientists and researchers, this award offers an incentive for teaching staff to intensify their dedication to academic instruction. To date, the Ars Legendi Prize has targeted an annually rotating set of disciplines and fields, thus far focusing on mathematics and the natural sciences in 2011 and on the social sciences in 2012. The prize is endowed with €50,000.
As a core element of its drive to establish first-rate teaching as a fundamental quality standard and strategic goal for higher education, the Stifterverband presents the Ars Legendi Prize to individual scientists – who, in some cases, may be representing a team – in recognition of their outstanding achievements in all aspects of undergraduate teaching, including advising, mentoring, and designing and conducting examinations.
In addition to the award winner's performance in terms of didactics and instructional design, a further decisive criterion consists in the extent to which the honoree has contributed a personal impetus to higher education in general, over and above his or her own teaching practice. Consequently, a new concept was introduced in 2013: From now on, rather than focusing on a particular discipline or field, the Ars Legendi Prize will spotlight a specific teaching situation.
To view the current call for applications, please visit the Stifterverband website.
With the Ars Legendi Specialty Prizes, this award has now been established at the departmental level:
For more information on the prizes and for instructions on how to apply, please visit the Stifterverband website.