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Fyssen Foundation International Prize 2017: "Primate Cognition"

The aim of the Fyssen Foundation is to “encourage all forms of scientific inquiry into cognitive mechanisms, including thought and reasoning, which underlie animal and human behavior; their biological and cultural bases, and phylogenetic and ontogenetic development”.

Within the context of its general activities, the Fyssen Foundation will award an annual International Prize. This Prize is  awarded to a scientist who has conducted distinguished research in the areas supported by the Foundation: Ethology, Psychology, Neurobiology, Anthropology, Ethnology, Human Paleontology and Archaeology.

The award for the International Prize is 60 000 €.

The application must be submitted by a recognized scientist and include:

  • Recommendation letter,
  • Curriculum vitae and list of publications,
  • Summary (four pages maximum) of the research work that justifies the award.

The complete folder should be sent by post in 2 hard copies to: Secrétariat de la Fondation Fyssen, 194 rue de Rivoli - 75001 PARIS (France) on November 8th, 2017 at the latest.


The 2017 Fyssen International Prize will be awarded for research in:


One of the most fundamental features of the human species is our complex cognition. The study of primate cognition has played a crucial role in elucidating how human cognition evolved by pinpointing the similarities and differences between humans and our closest living relatives.

The prize will be awarded to an internationally recognized scholar who has significantly advanced scientific understanding in the area of primate cognition in relation to the emergence of language, culture, and/or social complexity.

Application date
8 Nov 2017
Europe France Paris Île-de-France
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Social sciences Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Other Biology Medicine
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
€ 60.000