YouCliN Thesis Award

3 prizes per year for the best neuroscientific thesis

Guidelines for Application

  1. The YouCliN Thesis Awards highlight the best neuroscientific thesis, already submitted, and accepted or defended in 2020/21 at a Swiss university. The total prize fund will be CHF 2000 (1st prize 1000 and two runner-up prizes of 500 CHF each).
  2. Neuroscientific master (MSc) or doctoral thesis (Dr. med.) that were already handed in during 2020/21 by students of medicine/psychology or medical residents are eligible. PhD theses are not eligible.
  3. Candidates can directly apply by our website until 31.05.2021 (see “application” below).
  4. Applicants are requested to fill in the application online form and submit a CV, a digital copy of the thesis, a motivation letter in English (less than 300 words, describing why the thesis should win the award), and a recommendation letter by the thesis supervisor.
  5. The winners will be selected by a nominated jury (2 YouCliN members and 1 senior member) using the following criteria: novelty, scientific methodology, relevance, motivation, and diversity.
  6. The award nomination takes places during the during SFCNS Summer School ( The winners will receive a free pass for the SFCNS Summer School, including a pass for the gala dinner with the opportunity to network with experienced research of the Swiss neuroscientific community.


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Winners in 2021

We are very happy to announce the former winners of the 1st YouCliN Thesis Award. The award ceremony took place on 20th of August during the SFCNS summer school at Inselspital Bern. Our warmest congratulations to all winners!

1st place: K Prautsch. Ex-vivo stimulation of adipose stem cells by growth factors and fibrinhydrogel assisted stem cells delivery strategies for treating nerve gap-injuries (Bern).

2nd place: P Schmassmann. Combating Glioblastoma - Activation of Microglia by targeting CD47 and Siglecs (Basel).

3rd place: C Jenny. Change in cross-sectional area of the median nerve with age in neonates, infants and children analyzed by high-resolution ultrasound imaging (St. Gallen).