Regulations Research Prizes

1. The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation annually awards up to five Research Prizes for outstanding dissertations in the fields of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, completed at a university in the Netherlands.

2. A Research Prize consists of a money sum of € 3,000 and a certificate.

3. The maximum age of a promotus/a is 45 years.

4. A dissertation may only be nominated for the Research Prize once.

5. Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Faculties are invited to participate. Within these faculties the following areas qualify: linguistics, archeology, history, theology, philosophy, political and socio-cultural sciences, psychology and educational sciences, law and design.

6. ‘Cum Laude’ is not a requirement, as no uniform rules exist for this distinction.

7. Besides the scientific quality of the dissertation, originality, international significance, case transcendence and style are taken into account. The dissertation must be accessible and relevant for an academic public outside its own discipline. A broad perspective is an important criterion.

8. The dean of each faculty is invited to nominate one dissertation. Only if a faculty confers more than 20 PhDs per year, this faculty is allowed to nominate two dissertations.

9. The nomination should be accompanied by a written motivation (max. one A4), two hard copy samples of the dissertation and the selection form. These documents must be sent to The dissertations shall not be returned after the selection has taken place.

10. Nominations must be received by the Foundation before December 15, 2017. The promotion must have taken place between December 15, 2015 and December 15, 2017.

11. Members of the Board of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, together with an external committee, select a maximum of five winning dissertations. The decision regarding the selection will take place in March 2018. The award ceremony will take place in May 2018 in Amsterdam.