MDPI – Water Best PhD Thesis Award 2023-2024


MDPI – Water Best PhD Thesis Award 2024

Applications are invited for the MDPI – Water Best PhD Thesis Award 2024. This prize will be awarded to a PhD student who is about to graduate or participate in the graduation thesis.

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  • Bonus of 800 CHF;
  • Certificate;
  • Offer to publish a free paper in Water before the end of 2024.


  • The candidate must be a PhD student who is going to graduate or participate in graduation thesis defenses.
  • The PhD thesis must be original work.
  • The PhD thesis must be defended between January 1, 2024 and October 31, 2024.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of resume and publications;
  • Relevance of the candidate and research description;
  • Novelty of the candidate’s PhD thesis;
  • Strength of the recommendation letter;
  • Anticipated academic potential;
  • Originality and impact of the research.


Required application documents include:

  • An executive summary of the PhD thesis in English, of around 3000 words;
  • A letter from PhD supervisor recommending the candidate for consideration for this award;
  • The candidate’s CV, including a list of publications connected with the thesis;
  • An electronic copy of the PhD thesis;
  • A scanned copy of the PhD diploma (or a certificate of studying at a university or research institute as a PhD student who is going to participate in graduation thesis defenses).

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For more information, visit Water Best Ph.D. Thesis Award.



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