Ernst E. Boesch Preis

Ernst E. Boesch Prize 2021

The Ernst E. Boesch Prize commemorates the pioneer of cultural psychology Prof. Ernst Eduard Boesch, who passed away at the age of 97 in 2014. It is awarded to scholars who have had a major and significant impact on cultural psychological research.

The deadline for this year’s nominations was February 28, 2021.

  • The main prize for established researchers was awarded to  Prof. Dr. Jens Brockmeier (American University of Paris)
  • The prize for promising young researchers was awarded to     Dr. Rainer Edelbrock (University of Münster).

The first recipient of the Ernst E. Boesch Prize was Prof. Dr. Jürgen Straub (Ruhr-University Bochum) in 2015.

Starting in 2017, the prize was awarded in two categories: a main prize for established researchers and a young researcher award. That year the recipients were Lutz E. Eckensberger (Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, DIPF) and Dr. Sarah Demmrich (University of Münster).

The third award ceremony took place during the biannual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie in Würzburg in 2019. The awardees were Prof. Dr. Patricia Greenfield (University of California Los Angeles) and Dr. Regina Arant (Jacobs University Bremen).

The prize categories:

a) An amount of EUR 3,000 awarded to established researchers who have made essential and enduring contributions to cultural psychology (e.g., development of a research program, accomplishments in teaching, or institutionalization of cultural psychology)


b) An amount of EUR 1,000 to young scientists for distinguished work (e.g., Master’s thesis, PhD thesis or comparable book publications).

The 2021 and future Ernst Boesch Prizes will be announced and awarded in cooperation with the Hans Kilian and Lotte Köhler Center (KKC) for Social and Cultural Psychology and Historical Anthropology, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

How to nominate a candidate?

Scholars holding positions at universities and other research institutions, including academies, are entitled to nominate candidates for the Ernst E. Boesch Prize. Self-nomination is not permitted.

The one-page letter of nomination should be written in English or German by an expert academic in the field, stating the reason for the nomination. Nominations should also include a Curriculum Vitae and a list of publications by the nominee.

The winner will give a lecture to the members of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie at their biannual meeting. A monograph of the expanded lecture is planned and will be published by Psychosozial-Verlag. The book publication will be arranged and financed by the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie.

The selection of awardees is the responsibility of a specially appointed jury. The jury’s decision is final.

Please send nominations to:

Hans Kilian and Lotte Köhler Center (KKC)
Ruhr-University Bochum
Faculty of Social Science
Universitätsstr. 150
GD Level 1 / Room 261
D-44780 Bochum

Phone: +49(0)234 32 – 28167  and  +49(0)234 32 – 19823   |   E-mail:

For further questions, please contact the Executive Board of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie , c/o Dr. Pradeep Chakkarath (pradeep.chakkarath@rub).