Hans-Uwe Otto Award

The Hans-Uwe Otto Social Work PhD Award

Prof. dr. Hans-Uwe Otto was one of the founders and long-time chair of The International Social Work and Society Academy (TiSSA). To honour his legacy, the University of Bielefeld, The German Education Union GEW and TiSSA have created the Hans-Uwe Otto Social Work PhD award. 


True to the original aim of Hans-Uwe Otto, TiSSA wants to build a strong Social Work research community, and specifically show solidarity and collaboration with countries all around Europe. The PhD award intends to support young researchers, with a special focus on Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. 


The award contains the following:

  • Free participation in (one of the next) TiSSA conference(s), PhD - Pre and/or Plenum Conference
  • A travel (trip and lodging) grant to attend (one of the next) TiSSA conference(s)
  • The possibility of having a draft of a journal article reviewed by two supervisors 

The candidates for the award are PhD students :

  • Who are carrying out a PhD in the field of Social Work
  • Who will present their PhD at the TiSSA PhD - Pre Conference
  • Who participate in the main TiSSA conference
  • Being a PhD student in the above mentioned countries is recommended

The  award jury will be the supervisors at the TiSSA PhD - Pre Conference who decide the award on the basis of the topic and presentation of the project at the PhD - Pre Conference


An award ceremony will take place at the opening session of the Plenum TiSSA conference


The work of the award holder will be included in the TiSSA website