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Research Award


In 2014, the Department of Communication established its very own Research Award. It aims to support PhD students and post-docs to pursue, hone, and enhance their own international line of research. The main goal is to foster international visibility and impact of young researchers in our department. Successful recipients are given up to 1,500 Euro to complete a proposed research project. Award recipients are encouraged to submit the outcome of their research to international conferences and journals. Two external reviewers and two members of the selection committee are responsible for the reviewing process.

In 2017, Desirée Schmuck's proposal "'Do Muslims hate us?' Effects of repetitive exposure to anti-Muslim political mobilization on young Muslims' hostility and support for violent action over time" and Sandra Banjac's contribution "(Re-)conceptualising journalistic role conceptions through audience expectations: Considering journalists and audiences in South Africa" were selected as the best proposals.

The most recent call (2017) can also be accessed here.


Former winners

2016: Brigitte Naderer for her proposal "Long-term effects of product placement disclosures" and Wolfgang Weitzl for "The complex interplay between message ambiguity, valence and source credibility: The online customer review case"

2015: Kathrin Karsay and Desirée Schmuck for their joint proposal "'Weak, sad, and lazy fatties'. The effects of reality weight loss TV shows on adolescents' explicit and implicit stereotypes toward obese people"

2014: Franziska Marquart for her proposal "The effects of racist stereotypes in anti-racism campaigns on implicit and explicit attitudes"

2014: Brian Weeks for his proposal "(Mis)information sharing: How anxiety accelerates the spread of inaccurate information within social media"


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