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SICK Science Award for Information · Systems · Technologies 2019

The SICK Science Award for Information · Systems · Technologies (German: SICK-Wissenschaftspreis für Information · Systeme · Technologien) was established in 2017 to recognize outstanding doctoral dissertations and master or bachelor thesis that have been carried out at KIT in the KCIST research area. The prizes are supported by the Gisela und Erwin Sick Stiftung and are awarded annually.


KCIST, in cooperation with the KIT Foundation (German: KIT-Stiftung), invites applications for the 2019 prizes:


  • The SICK Science Award 2019 for the best dissertation, endowed with 7.000 €,
  • The SICK Science Award 2019 for the best thesis (Bachelor or Master), endowed with 3.000 €.



Only KIT doctoral candidates and master and bachelor students enrolled at KIT in 2019 can apply for the award. Doctoral thesis are eligible if the defence took place in 2019. For master and bachelor thesis, the official submission date of the thesis has to be in 2019.



Please submit the following documents (in English or German) as a single PDF file:

  • Formless application with the following information:
    • Name and contact details of the candidate
    • Title, date and final mark of the dissertation/thesis
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Electronic version of the dissertation/thesis
  • Personal statement (1000 – 1500 characters incl. blanks):
    • Why is the dissertation/thesis worth an award?
    • What is new compared to the state of the art? (only for doctoral thesis)
  • Letter of recommendation of the supervisor (½ page) (possibly in a separate e-mail)


Selection criteria

  • Innovation and originality
  • Importance of the topic
  • Contribution compared to the state-of-the-art (only for doctoral thesis)
  • Quality of the results
  • Overall impression
    • clarity, graphics, pictures, consitency,... of the dissertation/thesis
    • application documents

The review committee will be composed of KCIST members.


Submission by e-mail: info∂kcist.kit.edu


Submissons are accepted starting from November 1, 2019. Deadline: 16 February 2020