Established by Mrs. Elisabeth HINTELMANN in memory of her husband



For outstanding achievements in evolutionary biology (focused on zoology), including zoological systematics, phylogenetics, paleontology, morphology, faunistics or zoogeography, the association Freunde der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München e.V. has the pleasure to announce the 22nd R.J.H. Hintelmann Award for zoological systematics. The award has a value of Euro 5,000.- and its target group is young post-graduate scientists. This prize is awarded not only in appreciation of the previous scientific performance of the applicant, but the winner will also be given the opportunity to continue his/her research work in cooperation with the Zoologische Staatssammlung München (ZSM). This may be carried out either by visiting the ZSM or by being provided with ZSM materials for work elsewhere. The 22nd R.J.H. Hintelmann Scientific Award will be presented on January 15th, 2021 during a ceremony at the ZSM in Munich, where the prizewinner has to provide a short lecture on his/her research topics. Nominations may name any young post-graduate scientist, not yet in a permanent position, with outstanding performance in one or more of the fields mentioned above.


The proposal or application should provide a cover letter with an account of the candidate’s scientific achievement – no longer than 1 page! In addition, a CV, list of publications, and selected reprints (not more than five) have to be submitted. Please submit all files electronically ONLY (e.g., email, DVD, USB Stick, Dropbox link etc.). Please note that submitted media devices will not be returned to the applicant. Applications are accepted in English (preferred) and German. Please use the attached PDF forms in the submission process. The forms are also available here: Submissions by email are possible if the email is less than 10 MB in size.

Any zoologist / systematist may nominate candidates; self-nomination and repetitive applications in several years are also possible. The Freunde der Zoologischen Staatssammlung e.V. appoints a jury, which elects the prizewinner. Depending on the quality of applications, the association reserves the right to withhold the award in any given year.

Please send applications or nominations until July 31st 2020 to: Freunde der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München e.V., c/o Anneke van Heteren, 22nd R.J.H. Hintelmann-Wissenschaftspreis, Münchhausenstrasse 21, D-81247 Munich, Germany; or by email to and cc to  For further information, please contact Anneke van Heteren at


The PDF forms needed are here:

Hintelmann Award Application Form 1

Hintelmann Award Application Form 2