Gold and silver medals
Each year, the university rewards the best prize theses with gold or silver medals. The medals are presented to the prizewinners at the University's Annual Commemoration Ceremony.
They bear a figure of Pallas Athena on the obverse, and the inscription "INGENIO ET STUDIO PATRIA" encircled by a laurel wreath on the reverse.
An author who is awarded a gold or silver medal also receives the amount of DKK 5,000 or 2,500, respectively, as well as a travel bursary from the Director Ib Henriksen Foundation.
To view prize papers for 2017, see Prize papers 2017
To view prize papers for 2016, go to the Danish website: Prisopgaver for 2016 (in Danish)
At the Annual Commemoration Ceremony on 18 November 2016, the University announced the subjects of the prize papers for 2017.
Deadlines for submission of prize papers 2017
Call for papers at the Annual Commemoration Ceremony on 18 November 2016: The papers must be received by the dean´s office at the faculty in question by
12:00 noon on Monday, 15 January 2018.
The medals will be awarded at the Annual Commemoration Ceremony on Friday, 16 November 2018.
Deadlines for submission of prize papers 2016
Call for papers at the Annual Commemoration Ceremony on 20 November 2015:
The papers must be received by the dean´s office at the faculty in question by
12:00 noon on Monday, 16 January 2017.
The medals will be awarded at the Annual Commemoration Ceremony on Friday, 17 November 2017.
Regulations and legal basis
The University's authority to call for prize papers is laid down in the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education's Order on University Examinations of 24 June 2012, which among other things states:
Section 25 The University may lay down rules to call for prize papers and for the conversion of prize papers.
(2) For each study programme, the University may allow a prize paper to be converted to a thesis. A prize paper for which a gold medal has been awarded will be converted to a grade of 12.
The University's more detailed regulations can be found in the University of Copenhagen's regulations for prize papers (PDF).
Questions regarding specific prize papers
For questions about papers where no specific supervisor is given or where to hand in your prize paper, please contact
- HUMANITIES: Linda Langhorn og Bente Sørensen, firstname.lastname@example.org,
35 33 50 91 og 51 30 03 11
- LAW: Kristine Ravn Petterson, email@example.com, 35 32 07 09
- SOCIAL SCIENCES: Louise Ankerstjerne, firstname.lastname@example.org, 35 33 63 24
- SCIENCE: Maria Hellesen Nygaard, email@example.com, 35 33 53 97
- MEDICAL SCIENCES: Thomas Fahrenkrug, firstname.lastname@example.org,
35 32 73 89 (see also the Faculty´s prize paper website)
- THEOLOGY: Pia Christensen, email@example.com, 35 32 36 08
Or you can contact the dean’s office at your faculty: The addresses of the Faculties
Questions regarding the prize paper regulations
If you cannot find an answer in the guidelines and regulations, please contact:
Helle Birch Schmidt
Education Strategy Unit University Education Services
Tel.: (+45) 35 32 29 01
Prizewinning papers are made available to the general public by agreement with Copenhagen University Library. Unsuccessful papers are archived by the relevant Faculties, and are not available to be read.
At the University Library, University of Copenhagen holds a collection of prize papers awarded the gold or silver medal from 1920 up to today. New papers are added, but the collection is not complete. In principle, the papers are available to readers, although the condition of some of the older manuscripts means that they are only available in the reading room.