Since 2004, the ADEF has awarded a prize of € 500.00 every two years for the best dissertation dealing with a subject of British politics or the history of Great Britain, the Empire or the Commonwealth. Graduates of German universities can apply for the prize. The award-winning dissertation can be included in the ADEF publication series.
The dissertation must be completed at the time of the application and must have been accepted by the responsible department. The date of submission may not be longer than 2 years after. Applications can be made by the supervisors or by the authors themselves. The call for applications will take place in the late summer of odd-numbered years through the internet portal for historians H-Soz-u-Kult and on the "News" page of the German Association for Political Science (DVPW). The application deadline is generally 15 October.
Applications must be submitted with the necessary documents (a copy of the work, copies of readers’ reports) to the chairman of the ADEF:
Dr. Bernhard Dietz, Department of History - Modern History
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Philosophicum, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, 55128 Mainz
Prize winner in 2016: Dr. Miriam Weiss: "Die Chronica maiora des Matthaeus Parisiensis.Arbeitsweise – Darstellung – Prozesshaftigkeit"
Prize winner in 2014: Dr. Julia Fleischer
for her dissertation "Policy Advice and Institutional Politics: A Comparative Analysis of Germany and Britain"
Prize winner in 2012: Dr. Bernhard Dietz
for his dissertation "Neo-Tories. Britische Konservative im Aufstand gegen Demokratie und politische Moderne"
Prize winner in 2010: Dr. Peter Pirker
for his dissertation "Most difficult to tackle'?: Intelligence, Exil und Widerstand am Beispiel der Austrian Section von SOE"
Prize winner in 2008: Dr. Jörg Neuheiser
for his dissertation "'Popular Conservatism' in England: Plebejischer Konservatismus in Politik, Alltags- und Festkultur, 1815-1867"
Prize winner in 2006: Dr. Sonja Levsen
for her dissertation ""Führer der Nation". Der Erste Weltkrieg und die Konstruktion studentischer Identitäten in Tübinger Verbindungen und Cambridger Colleges, 1900-1929"
Prize winner in 2004: Dr. Hans-Joachim Knopf
for his dissertation "Britain and European Integration between 1950 and 1993: Towards a European Identity? Continuity and Change in the Contstructions of British Nation-State Identity with regard to European Unity and British Visions of European Political Order"