The University of Münster awards a number of highly prestigious Rectorate Prizes in recognition of outstanding achievements in research, teaching, academics and gender equality. The Prizes are awarded at the annual New Year's reception at the University of Münster or other ceremonies. Not only do they acknowledge and reward remarkable achievements, but also – and perhaps more importantly – serve as an incentive and support for future projects. In 2021 the Rectorate awards the Teaching Prize, the Gender Equality Prize, the Dissertation Awards and the Student Award. The announcements will be published by 15 March; nominations are generally possible until the end of the summer semester.