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Viadrina Prize

Award winners since 1999

With the Viadrina Prize, the university has been honoring outstanding personalities and important initiatives from all areas of social life for their commitment to cooperation and reconciliation between Germany and Poland since 1999. The Viadrina Prize stands for international understanding, peace and freedom in a common European house and thus for the values that form the foundation of the Viadrina, which was founded in 1991 as European University. The prize is awarded annually and is endowed with 5,000 euros.

Until 2021, the prize was awarded by the board of trustees of the support group of the European University in Frankfurt (Oder). Since 2022, the Board of Trustees of the Viadrina Prize Foundation has been deciding on the prizewinners.

13 October 2022 – Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein (Member of the European Parliament)


Video recording of the award ceremony of the 20th Viadrina Prize on 5 October 2021

Picture Gallery from the award ceremony (in German)

Encouragement award:
Children and Youthproject „Weimarer Dreieckchen“

5 October 2021 – Twinning Gdansk - Bremen

2021_Staedtepartnerschaft_Danzig_Bremen ©Heide Fest

Video recording of the award ceremony of the 20th Viadrina Prize on 5 October 2021 (in German and Polish)

Picture Gallery from the award ceremony


Encouragement award:
University Orchestra Viaphoniker e.V.

9 May 2019 – Agnieszka Holland (Director and script editor)

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Picture gallery from the award ceremony



Encouragement award:
„Studencka Poradnia Prawa w Collegium Polonicum”;
legal advice service organised by students of the Collegium Polonicum

9 June 2017 – German-Polish Textbook Commission

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Picture gallery from the award ceremony



Encouragement award:
„Initiative Deutschunterricht für AsylbewerberInnen (IDA)”

9 May 2016 – Prof. Dr. Anna Wolff-Powęska (Polish historian and political scientist)

2016_05_09_Viadrina-Preis-Verleihung-Anna Wolff-Poweska_MG_7170 ©Heide Fest

Picture gallery from the award ceremony



Encouragement award:
„ART an der Grenze”;
art festival organised by students 

4 May 2015 – Wolfgang Templin (Civil rights activist and publicist)

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Picture gallery from the award ceremony




Encouragement award:
„Deutsch-Polnische Seniorenakademie Frankfurt (Oder) und Słubice”

12 May 2014 – Prof. Dr. Irena Lipowicz (Former polish ombudsman and Commissioner for Human Rights)

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Picture gallery from the award ceremony



Encouragement award:
„Studierendenmeile e. V.”;
student project

7 May 2013 – Hans-Dietrich Genscher (†) (Former german federal minister)

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Encouragement award:
„Nowa Amerika”; 
transnational german-polish project

7 May 2012 – Krzysztof Penderecki (†) (Polish composer and conductor)

2012Penderecki ©Heide Fest




Encouragement award:
„Insitute for Applied History – Society and Science in Dialogue”;
research institute founded by Viadrina-students

1 December 2010 – Volker Schlöndorff (Film director, screenwriter, filmmaker)

2010Schloendorff ©Heide Fest




Encouragement award:
student musical about Viadrina

30 November 2009 – Tadeusz Mazowiecki (†) (Former prime minister of Poland)

2009Mazowiecki ©Heide Fest   




Encouragement award:
student theatre festival

26 November 2008 – Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth (Former President of the Bundestag & President of Deutsches-Polen-Institut) and to "polenplus" (German-Polish magazine)

2008Suessmuth-polenplus ©Heide Fest   

Encouragement award:
„cross-border bus line”;
student project

30 November 2007 – The Copernicus Group (a joint project of the German Institute for Polish Culture in Darmstadt and the Germany and Northern Europe Institute in Szczecin)

2007Kopernikus_Gruppe ©Heide Fest   




Encouragement award:
„Kunstgriff e.V.”;
student initiative

16 November 2006 – Adam Krzemiński (Polish journalist and publicist)

2006Adam-Krzeminski ©Heide Fest   


Encouragement award:
„verbuendungshaus fforst”;
intercultural student living-project

21 November 2005 – Prof. Dr. Rudolf von Thadden (†) (German historian)

2005vonThadden ©Heide Fest   



Encouragement award:
Sarina Schewczyk; 

14 Dezember 2004 – Prof. Dr. Włodzimierz Borodziej (Polish publicist and historian)

2004Wlodzimierz-Borodziej ©Heide Fest


Encouragement awards:
„Law Moot Court”;
student initiative

„Schwäbisch Hall-Zamoscz”;
town twinning

18 Dezember 2003 – Markus Meckel (German politician, SPD party, and former member of the German Bundestag)

2003MarkusMeckel ©Heide Fest  

19 November 2002 – Janusz Reiter (Former Polish ambassador in Germany)

2002_JanuszReiter ©Heide Fest   


Encouragement awards:
graduate network

project: integration of foreign students

13 July 2001– Günter Grass (†) (German author and Nobel laureate)

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Encouragement award:
student literature project

22 June 2000 – Adam Michnik (Polish political publicist and chief editor of "Gazeta Wyborcza")

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Encouragement award:
„Spotkanie” and „Interstudis”;
student initiative

8 July 1999 – Karl Dedecius (†) (German translator of Polish and Russian literature)

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