A great believer in science and in the value and potential of the Greek creative spirit, Prodromos-Bodossakis Athanassiades had made provision for distinguished Greek academics to be recognised for their scientific achievements, as part of the Foundation’s activities. In line with the its founder’s wishes, in 1993 the Foundation established the “Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards”.

With these awards, the Foundation acknowledges the creative work of young Greek scientists up to 40 years of age, rewards their commitment and continuous efforts for scientific excellence, and honours them as role models for the younger generations and for Greek society as a whole.

Awarded every two years, the Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards, awarded every two years, have so far acknowledged 61 outstanding young Greek scientists who are leading scientific research worldwide.

The Awards cover the following academic fields:

  • Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Applied Science
  • Social – Economic Sciences

The criteria for selecting the recipients of Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards are the candidates’ outstanding performance in their field of scientific expertise and the comprehensive nature of their research, as well as their contribution, through their work and ethics, to our country’s cultural, scientific and economic development and to Greece’s global visibility.

The main bodies involved in the selection process are (a) the Prize Committee and (b) the Selection Committees.

Candidates are nominated either by scientists of the same or more senior level in the candidate’s area of expertise, or by the university or research institution in which they serve. At the next stage, the Selection Committees, which are set up specifically for each academic field in which a Prize is to be awarded, evaluate the nominations. Each Selection Committee submits its recommendation on the candidates selected by it to the Prize Committee, which in turn recommends to the Foundation the shortlisted candidates to be awarded. The Prize Committee is responsible for drafting and submitting to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees its final recommendation. The Board of Trustees endorses the final recommendation of the Prize Committee and announces the recipients of the awards.

The Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards are accompanied by a monetary prize of €20,000 per academic field.

For the invitation of applications for the Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards 2023, see here.