Fanny Moser Award 2023

for outstanding work on the topics of recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis (RSPK), poltergeist phenomena or hauntings

 Fanny Moser


The award ceremony will take place in Freiburg at June 23rd, 2023. (see Events)



Dr. Fanny Moser (1872–1953) was one of the ­rst women to study medicine and natural sciences in Freiburg, Zurich and Munich. She received her doctorate in 1902 with a zoological thesis. In 1914, she took part in a mediumistic séance and witnessed a spectacular table levitation that shattered her scienti­c world view. In the following decades, supported by a unique source collection and research library, Fanny Moser undertook a critical examination and reappraisal of the entire ­eld of Mesmerism, Hypnotism, Spiritism, Occultism and early parapsychological research up to the 1930s, which led to the publication of her opus magnum Okkultismus – Täuschungen und Tatsachen (München, 1935, Reprint 1977). Together with her second major volume Spuk – Irrglaube oder Wahrglaube? Eine Frage der Menschheit (Zürich, 1950; Reprint 1977), published in 1950, Fanny Moser bequeathed – from a historical point of view – two groundbreaking works on German-language parapsychological research.

 Hauptwerke: Okkultismus, Spuk

In her will, Fanny Moser decided to create a foundation to establish and secure research in the tradition of her two works. She assigned this task to the pioneer of academic parapsychological research after the Second World War, the Freiburg professor of psychology Hans Bender (1907–1991), and to the Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene e.V (IGPP) founded by him in 1950. Fanny Moser thus became the IGPP's fi­rst patron, and her legacy enabled a part of the Institute's research and counseling work to be carried out in a modest way for decades. The testamentary decree also stipulated that a prize should be awarded regularly for the "best work" on the research topics she herself had studied. This prize was awarded for the first time in 1982. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the IGPP in 2020, the testamentary decree was revived. The Fanny Moser Award is endowed with 3,000 euros and is to be awarded regularly every three years.


The announcement of the Fanny Moser Award 2023 focuses the topic of “RSPK” (recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis), poltergeist phenomena or hauntings. The award will be given for a scientific work (monograph, scientific article, dissertation, exhibition catalog or similar). The work must make explicit reference to the topic “RSPK”. The reference can be of empirical, experimental, theoretical, conceptual, clinical, therapeutic, natural-scientific, social- or cultural-scientific, historical, philosophical nature, interdisciplinary and may also include elements of art. The publication should not date back more than five years.


Send the applications (self-nominations or proposals by others) to the expert jury at the IGPP [] by January 15, 2023. Include the following documents: a PDF of the scientific paper that is to be awarded, a detailed application letter relating to the award in question, and a short curriculum vita of the author.

PDF: IGPP_Fanny-Moser-Award-2023


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