January 8, 2019
Congratulations to Professor Ayelet Shachar who is among the latest recipients of Germany’s most prestigious research prize, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, for her groundbreaking work on citizenship and the legal frameworks of multicultural societies. Dr Shachar holds the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science. Since 2015, she has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen.
The Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) selected ten researchers who will each will receive prize money of €2.5 million. The recipients can use these funds for their research work in any way they wish, without bureaucratic obstacles, for up to seven years. Awarded annually by the DFG since 1986, seven past prizewinners have subsequently received the Nobel Prize. More about the award and a list of the other recipients is available here. The awards ceremony for the 2019 Leibniz Prizes will be held on 13 March in Berlin.