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. Its aim is to support graduates from the neuroscience doctoral programs in the Lemanic area who are continuing their scientific career in an international academic institution.


The candidate 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, 2016 and have a contract for a research position in a foreign academic institution.


This is a personal prize varying between 5’000 to 10’000 CHF, depending on the funds of the association available. The award is given to one single candidate and aims to complement the salary of graduates who start(ed) a new life in a foreign country. The prize is awarded once a year on the occasion of the Annual Neuroscience Meeting in Diablerets. The prize winner may be required to give a special lecture at this occasion and/or at an event organized by the Amiticia Association.


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.


Please send your application before January 31, 2021, 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!


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

And this year's winner is ....


Click the image to see the video message of Aurore


Gallery of recent Amicitia awardees

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

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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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