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2023-2024 Academic Year Dr. Gürsel Sönmez Research Award

Dr. Gürsel Sönmez Research Award is to be granted for 2023-2024 Academic Year by Sabancı University, to commemorate our honorable faculty member and to promote successful academic research.

The award will be given by the award jury to at least one FENS PhD graduate or PhD graduate candidate, who has come into prominence with outstanding research. 

Dr. Gürsel Sönmez Research Award Terms and Conditions:

  • A total amount of 30.000 TL will be awarded to the winner(s).
  • All FENS PhD students who graduated in or after 2021-2022 Spring semester or will graduate in 2023- 2024 Spring semester (including the candidates who will defend their thesis by 24th of JULY, 2024) are eligible for application.
  • The candidates may apply for the award themselves or they may be nominated by FENS faculty members. Each candidate may apply or may be nominated only once.
  • All applications and nominations should be made through the online system until April 05, 2024.
  • Award jury members are assigned by FENS Dean’s suggestion and President’s approval.
  • The jury will consider candidates’ work/ thesis, research findings and their impact and contributions, publications, patents etc. produced during their research studies at Sabancı University for evaluation.
  • The evaluation will be completed with the President's approval.

Please click here to make an application:

In the online the application,

  • resume/CV including the full list of the candidate’s academic works,
  • cover letter, summarizing the candidate’s work along with obtained results and impact on the field, (please state your best 3 papers and add them to the pdf)
  • Upload one slide summarizing your research
  • One recommendation letter from the advisor and 2 name suggestions (optional) to evaluate the candidate and his/her work,
  • If any information documenting any rewards/recognitions/ applied or accepted patent(s) on the candidate’s work should be submitted, and
  • The publications (journal articles, conference proceedings/presentations, books, book chapters etc.) produced from the candidate’s work MUST be entered in the Research Database.

Please contact FENS Grad Office ( for further questions.

PS: After you complete your application, please send an email to the FENS Grad Office for confirmation.



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