The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Member of the Leibniz Association, has presented the biennial Georg Eckert research award since 2010. The award, which is sponsored by the Braunschweig-based educational publisher Westermann, honours excellence in academic work in the field of international research into educational media and will next be conferred in 2018. It is presented for academic works which – topically or historically – relate to cultural, social, political or pedagogical aspects of textbooks and other educational media used in schools. In 2014 the Georg Eckert Institute also introduced an award for young academics, which aims to advance early-career scholars.
The award is given in recognition of outstanding monographs, doctoral theses or post-doctoral works such as habilitation theses, as well as for edited volumes (the editors are the recipients in the latter case). Candidates for the award may put themselves forward or be nominated by others.
The award is endowed with 5,000 euros, of which 2,500 euros comprises printing costs for the publication of the work in the GEI’s book series Eckert. Die Schriftenreihe. Studien des Georg-Eckert-Instituts zur internationalen Bildungsmedienforschung (Eckert. The book series: Studies by the Georg Eckert Institute on research findings in international educational media), published by V&R unipress of Göttingen. If the work has already been published, the part of the award intended for printing expenses may instead be granted as a scholarship to fund research at the Georg Eckert Institute or used to subsidise a conference. More than one work may be honoured if this is felt to be appropriate.
AWARD FOR YOUNG ACADEMICS
The Georg Eckert Institute funds a special prize for young academics, which is worth 500 euros and awarded for a final thesis (Master’s thesis, Staatsexamen, diploma thesis; no Bachelor’s dissertations). More than one work may be honoured if this is felt to be appropriate. Submitted works should be accompanied with assessments from specialists in the field. The award winner will also be offered the opportunity to publish his or her work online on Edumeres.net, the Institute’s specialist information portal for research into educational media.