Prizes and Awards


Excellent teaching and research must be rewarded.

The goal of ACCELS is to continuously expand cognitive and empirical literary studies through teaching and research, both on a national and international level. Our staff members are actively shaping cognitive and empirical literary studies with their research activities. This naturally includes not only the continuous production of top-class research results, but also a high quality of teaching, to which we are committed. Below you will find an overview of the prizes and awards received by our academic staff in the context of ACCELS.


Friedrich-Wilhelm Award 2019

The Friedrich Wilhelm Award is awarded annually in the form of prize money to students and young scientists at RWTH Aachen University who have been selected for their outstanding achievements in master's theses, dissertations and postdoctoral theses. We are pleased to announce that this year the Master thesis on "Unreliability in Film" by Jessica Jumpertz under the supervision of Prof. Jan Alber has been awarded with this prestigious prize.

The award is donated by the foundation of the same name, which was established in 1865 by the legal predecessors of today's insurance company, the Aachener and Münchener Beteiligungsgesellschaft. The award is intended to support research and teaching at RWTH Aachen University and also to support individual students and young scientists. The name of the foundation dates back to the Prussian Crown Prince, who later became Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm III. In 1858, he was presented by the Aachener and Münchener Feuerversicherungsgesellschaft with a donation of 5,000 German Talers in order to found a polytechnical institute in the Rhine Province. This donation formed the basis of the Friedrich-Wilhelm Foundation, which was subsequently established, and which itself formed the basis of today's RWTH Aachen University.