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The Award is named after the first Czech woman to lecture at a university (1925) and to receive a professorship (1939), historian Milada Paulova.

In 2009 the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports introduced the Milada Paulova Award, for lifelong achievement in science for women researchers. We ensure the Milada Paulova Award organizationally for the Ministry. The Milada Paulova Award aims to publicly and financially appreciate research achievements of prominent Czech women researchers, provides role models and inspires women researchers and students at the beginning of their research careers. The Milada Paulova Award is conferred for making a major contribution in a particular discipline, including pedagogical work, supervision, cooperation with civil society or the industrial sector. Women researchers who can be nominated are active in the academic, civil society or private research sectors. The Award is conferred in a specific discipline each year.

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Who was Prof. Milada Paulova?

"It is my sincere conviction that if a woman is to live science and for science, she must have equal conditions as the man.“

prof. Milada Paulova
 

Professor Milada Paulova was a prominent person of Czech science of the 20th century and was one of prominent Czechoslovak historians and Byzantologists. She was the 75th women to earn a doctorat at the Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague in 1918, she was the first woman to be allowed to lecture at university (since 1925), she was also the first woman to be elected an extra-ordinary member of the Czech Royal Society of Sciences (1929) and of Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts (1946). She was also the first woman in the Czech territory to be appointed first an extraordinary (1935) and later full professor, in 1945 with retroactive effect since 1939.

 

Professor Milada Paulova was an prominent expert in the history of South Slavs, especially Medieval history of South East Europe and Byzantology. She also studied modern history, specifically the resistance movement in the Balkans and in the territory of what came to be Czechoslovakia, during the First World War. Her works in this area brought her international renown. She authored many publications and translated important foreign works into Czech. For more than 35 years she gave lectures at home and abroad, and educated generations of historians. She carried out field research in the Balkans, where she collected material using oral history, a method that was not in much use then. She also achieved international renown as the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Byzantino-Slavica, which published papers by the most important Byzantologists of the day. Professor Paulova died in 1970.