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Faculty of Human Sciences

Beatrice Edgell Award

Since 2006, the Faculty of Human Sciences has been giving out the Beatrice Edgell Award for outstanding doctoral theses written by women. The award comes with a cash prize of €1,000. The wide range of academic disciplines within the Faculty will be taken into account in the selection process.

It is designed to encourage women to pursue a career in research, advance the careers of female early career researchers and increase their chances of securing research funding, fellowships or junior professorships.


In 1901, British psychologist Beatrice Edgell was the first woman to obtain a doctorate from the University of Würzburg. Her doctoral thesis titled ‘Die Grenzen des Experiments als einer psychologischen Methode’ (‘The Limitations of Experiment as a Psychological Method’) was supervised by Oswald Külpe, a pioneer in the field of experimental psychology. After her return to the UK, Beatrice Edgell embarked on a remarkable academic career at the renowned Bedford College, now part of Royal Holloway, at the University of London.

Beatrice Edgell became the first female professor of psychology in the UK (in 1927) and the first female president of various renowned societies and professional bodies for psychologists in the UK, e.g. of the British Psychological Society (in 1930) and the Aristotelian Society (in 1927).

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1) Eligibility requirements:

  • Doctorate qualification ‘magna cum laude’ or ‘summa cum laude’; different grading conventions within the respective disciplines will be taken into account
  • Publications in the context of the doctoral thesis
  • Further publications during doctoral degree (e.g., scientific journal articles, conference contributions, monographs)
  • Oral presentations during doctoral degree (e.g., scientific conference contributions)
  • Further university commitments (e.g., lectures, seminars, tutorials, third-party funds and donations, academic self-governance)

2) Membership of the Faculty:

  • Candidates must be employed at the Faculty of Human Sciences and the first reviewer of their doctoral thesis must be a staff member of the Faculty of Human Sciences.
  • The candidates’ future career and development prospects at the Faculty of Human Sciences will be taken into consideration in the selection process.

3) Application requirements:

  • Cover letter with a summary of research accomplishments to date (1 page) and outlining future potential for further achievement (1 page)
  • Copy of doctorate certificate
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of scientific achievements:
  1. Publications in the context of doctoral thesis
  2. Further publications during doctoral degree (e.g., scientific journal articles, conference contributions, monographs)
  3. Oral presentations during doctoral degree (e.g., scientific conference contributions)
  4. Lectures, seminars, tutorials held
  5. Further university commitments (e.g., collaboration in research projects, third-party funds and donations, academic self-governance)


Dr. Kathrin Heeg

In 2023 the Beatrice Edgell Award was awarded to a researcher at the Institute of Special Education: Dr. Kathrin Heeg earned her doctoral thesis „Evaluation der Maßnahmen im Projekt STARKE-STIMME-macht­SCHULE” at the Chair of Special Education and Therapy in Language and Communication Disorders at the University of Würzburg. From 2012 to 2021 she co-developed a program to prevent dysphonia in (perspective) teachers. More than 440 students participated and were evaluated by Kathrin Heeg.

Kathrin Heeg is an outstanding doctoral student on all levels, as well as writing a monographic dissertation and publishing peer reviewed publications. She shows great commitment in teaching, examining, and carrying out projects, and as well as in working in the speech therapy ambulatory and in academic self-administration. She is a worthy successor of Beatrice Edgell for proving that challenges can lead to personal development and that (working on) overcoming obstacles is highly rewarding.



Year Awardee    
2023 Dr. Kathrin Heeg (Special Education)    
2022 Lisa Breitschwerdt (Education)    
2021 Dr. Jennifer Tiede (School Pedagogy)    
2020 Dr. Isabelle Vilsmeier (Media Psychology)    
2019 Dr. Wienke Wannagat (Psychology)    
2018 Dr. Diana Löffler (Psychological Ergonomics)    
2017 Dr. Christiana Schallhorn (Communication Studies)    
2016 Dr. Andrea Beinicke (Psychology)    
2015 Dr. Michaela Vogt (School Pedagogy/Primary Education)    
2014 Dr. Barbara Schwerdtle (Psychology)    
2013 Dr. Manuela Scheuermann (Political Science)    
2012 Dr. Katja Likowski (Psychology)    
2011 Dr. Katharina Diergarten (Psychology)    
2010 Dr. Petra Markel (Psychology)    
2009 Dr. Dagmar Fügmann (History of Religion)    
2008 Dr. Patricia Grygier (School Pedagogy/Primary Education)    
2007 Dr. Andrea Reimherr (Philosophy)    
2006 Dr. Christina Schwenck (Psychology)    
Year Awardee