University of Wollongong to host Charlemagne Prize Scholars

University of Wollongong to host Charlemagne Prize Scholars

Prestigious scholarship supports innovative research that promotes European unity and values

A partnership between the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the Charlemagne Prize Academy will give early career researchers from Europe the opportunity to undertake a 12-month research residency at the University.

The scholarship is open to PhD candidates, early career researchers, professionals, and faculty members from across Europe who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and a commitment to promoting European values.

The successful Charlemagne Prize Scholars will be hosted by UOW and have the opportunity to participate in research projects, attend academic conferences, and engage with the wider university community. The Charlemagne Prize Academy will award them a €25,000 (A$41,000) grant to support their research residency.

Chairman of Charlemagne Prize Academy Professor Thomas Prefi said: “We are delighted to establish a strong strategic alliance with the prestigious University of Wollongong. The essence of the Charlemagne Prize Academy is to evolve a new generation of young elite capable of shaping the prosperous future of Europe with cutting-edge perspectives.”

University of Wollongong Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President Professor Alex Frino said: “As an international University with a strong commitment to research and education collaborations, we look forward to welcoming Charlemagne Prize Scholars to our campus and supporting them as they pursue their academic projects. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Charlemagne Prize Academy to establish this exciting new opportunity for students.”

About the Charlemagne Prize Academy

Based in Aachen, Germany, the Charlemagne Prize Academy is a unique research funding program that promotes European unity and values. It was established in 2019 as a project of the Charlemagne Prize Foundation to support innovative and creative research ideas in the field of future challenges for Europe and to form a bridge between scientific research, cutting edge approaches, and policy makers.

The Charlemagne Prize, awarded annually since 1950, is one of Europe’s most prestigious prizes and is awarded to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the cause of European unity. Recent recipients include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and French President Emmanuel Macron.

For more information about the Charlemagne Prize Academy, visit

Main Pic: UOW Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President Professor Alex Frino and Charlemagne Prize Academy Chairman Professor Thomas Prefi