Amicitia Excellence Prize

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The Amicitia Association awards an Excellence Prize in recognition of outstanding scientific research in all areas of neuroscience. The aim is to support graduates from the neuroscience doctoral programs in the Lemanic area who are continuing their scientific career in an internationally recognized academic institution.

And the awardee in 2021 is ....

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Despite of an online format of the NeuroLeman Network Meeting, Marieke could join us and tell us about her current challenges and future plans.



Year Name
2021 Marieke Hoekstra
2020 Aurore Perrault
2019 Sebastiano Bariselli
2018 Thomas Stefanelli
2017 Elsa Juan
2016 Gabrielle Pouchelon
2015 Lorenzo Fontolan
2014 Leonie Koban
2013 Jennifer Zenker
2012 Arnaud Lalive d’Epinay
2011 Corinne Benakis

Gallery of recent Amicitia awardees

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Dr. Elsa Juan (2017) & Dr. Thomas Stefanelli (2018) & Dr. Sebastiano Bariselli (2019)


Application conditions and procedures

The candidate for the award must have obtained a PhD degree from a local doctoral program in neuroscience (i.e. Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School or EDNE-EPFL) after December 31, 2017 and have a contract for a research position in a foreign academic institution.

The award
is foreseen for an individual applicant, and is a monetary reward around 5’000 CHF (but depending on the funds of the association available). The award aims to complement the salary of graduates who continues her/his career in a foreign country. The prize is awarded once a year on the occasion of the Meeting of the NeuroLéman Network and Doctoral Schools. The awardee may be required to give a special lecture during the annual neuroscience retreat or in an event organized by the Amiticia Association.

How to apply
The application must include:

  • Your thesis in pdf format
  • Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (max. 1 page)
  • Publication list
  • Copy of the contract from the foreign academic institution hosting you

The candidates are evaluated by a committee formed by members of the Amicitia Association and local faculty. The decision of the committee is final. Given your application is chosen for the award, two printed copies of your thesis must be sent in time before the award ceremony.


Application deadline
Please send your application before January 31, 2022, to: (please put in copy)

Association Amicitia
c/o Dr A Tempia-Caliera
Avenue Jomini 8
CH-1004 Lausanne

Be nice to the planet, electronic applications are accepted!


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Award ceremony in 2020. And the winner is ... Dr. Aurore Perrault


Award ceremony on September 4, 2020, with the association representatives Michael Bloem and Dr. Thierry Favrod-Coune.

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