In 2006 the Austrian-Canadian Society established the "Scientific Award of the Austrian-Canadian Society" as an academic initiative that has been going strong ever since. The Society awards this prestigious award and monetary prize to an outstanding scientific paper(s) in the fields of Canadian studies. The students' thesis should ideally have a link to Austria and should be categorized into one of the following areas:
- Law and Economics
- Political Science and Sociology
- Literature and Linguistic Studies
- History and Geography
Papers are read and judged by the esteemed Members of the Scientific Board with the winning admission honoured and prize awarded to the recipient at the annual Christmas celebration at the Canadian Ambassador's residence.
Der Preisträger des "10th Scientific Award der Österreichisch-Kanadischen Gesellschaft" für das Jahr 2015 ist Sabrina THOM, MA für ihre Arbeit "Psychological Aspects in Contemporary Canadian Narratives of First Nation Writers" zu psychologischen Aspekten in der erzählenden Literatur indigener kanadischer AutorInnen.
Sabrina THOM studied English and American Studies and the combined degree program "Europa" at the University of Graz and graduated with a MA in 2015. She is also a Teaching Associate at Williams College, Massachusetts.
Der Preisträger des "9th Scientific Award der Österreichisch-Kanadischen Gesellschaft" für das Jahr 2014 ist Rebekka SCHUH für ihre Arbeit "'Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You'": Alice Munro and the Epistolary Mode" der Nobelpreisträgerin 2014, Alice Munro". In ihrer hervorragenden narratologischen Studie zu Munros Kurzgeschichten ist sie dem besonderen Wirkungspotential der Briefform auf der Spur.
Rebekka SCHUH studierte am Institut für Anglistik /Amerikanistik an der Universität Graz und absolvierte mit einem Masterstudium mit Schwerpunkt Literaturwissenschaft mit Fokus auf nordamerikanischer Literatur, wo sie auch Projektassistentin ist.
Der Preisträger des "8th Scientific Award der Österreichisch-Kanadischen Gesellschaft" für das Jahr 2013 ist Mag. Melanie BRAUNECKER für ihre Arbeit "Inversions of the 'Survival Myth' in Contemporary Canadian Narratives" mit ökokritischen Fragestellungen, indem sie zeigt, wie der sich der Überlebenskampf der kanadischen Siedler im 19. und frühen 20, Jahrhundert umgekehrt hat und es nun die Natur ist, die ums Überleben kämpft.
The winner of the "7th Scientific Award of the Austrian-Canadian Society" for the year 2012 is Elisabeth GIESSAUF for her outstanding paper "The Representation of Family in the Contemporary Realist Novel of the Canadian Maritimes" (PDF).
Elisabeth GIESSAUF studied British and American Studies at the University of Graz and graduated with a MA in 2012. She specialized in Canadian literature and carried out research at the University of New Brunswick where she also studied for one semester. Elisabeth has met Canadian writers such as David Adams Richards and Joan Clark as well as important critics of Canadian literature.
The winner of the "6th Scientific Award of the Austrian-Canadian Society" for the year 2011 is Veronica M. KRUIJEN for her outstanding paper "Le véritable sport national des Québécois consiste à parler de la langue." La question de la norme du français au Québec dans ses dimensions historique, contemporaine et pédagogique (FLE) (PDF).
Veronica M. Kruijen studied French and History at the University of Innsbruck and studied also in Besancon, France as well as the Universite Laval in Quebec.
The winner of the "5th Scientific Award of the Austrian-Canadian Society" for the year 2010 is MMag. Stefanie RUDIG for her outstanding paper "Encounters avec l'Autre: Aspects of Francophone-Anglophone Interactions in Montreal Literature at the Turn of the New Millennium" (PDF).
MMag. Stefanie RUDIG studied English Philology and American Studies as well as French at the University of Innsbruck where works as an Assistant Professor. Moreover, she is currently working on her PhD thesis.
The winner of the "4th Scientific Award of the Austrian-Canadian Society" for the year 2009 is Mag. Martina RÖSSLER for her outstanding paper "The Coming-of-Age Narrative by Indigenous Writers in Canada: Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach and Lee Maracle's Ravensong" (PDF)
Mag. Martina Rössler studied at the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik at the University of Vienna.
The winner of the "3rd Scientific Award of the Austrian-Canadian Society" for the year 2008 is Dr. Eugen BANAUCH for his outstanding paper "'HOME' AS A THOUGHT BETWEEN QUOTATION MARKS, The Fluid Exile of Jewish Third Reich Refugee Writers in Canada 1940-2006" (PDF)
Dr. Eugen Banauch, MA (Sussex) studied English and German at the Universities of Sussex, Vienna and Ottawa. His current teaching activities include courses at the Language Center of the University Vienna, Cultural Studies, ILSS. His research interests are: American Ethnic Literatures (esp. Jewish Canadian and German Canadian Literatures), Transatlantic Relations, Bob Dylan, Literary and Cultural Theory.
The winner of the "2nd Scientific Award of the Austrian-Canadian Society" for the year 2007 is Georg MÖST for his outstanding paper "Die Auswanderung aus Österreich nach Kanada 1945-1962" (PDF)
Georg Möst studied history and political science at the University of Innsbruck.
The winner of the "1st Scientific Award of the Austrian-Canadian Society" for the year 2006 is Falk Florian BORSDORF for his outstanding paper "Indigenous Rights Recognition in Federal Systems - Nunavut: The "good news" case?" (PDF)
Falk Borsdorf studied political science, social psychology and education at the University of Innsbruck, Loughborough University (UK), Carleton University and the University of Toronto.