Regulations Research Prizes

Research Prize 
Each year the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation awards a maximum of five Research Prizes for exceptional PhD dissertations completed at Dutch universities. A prize consists of a sum of € 3,000 and a certificate.

Domain
The prize focuses on the humanities, social sciences and law. Among the areas covered are linguistics and literature, archaeology, history, theology, philosophy, political sciences, socio-cultural sciences, psychology and education sciences, law and design.

Criteria
Apart from the academic quality of the dissertation, factors taken into consideration include its originality, international significance, style and case-transcending treatment of the subject. A ‘cum laude’ distinction is not a prerequisite, as there are no uniform criteria for awarding that distinction. The jury lends considerable weight to the importance of the dissertation outside its own discipline. Accessibility, a wide impact and readability – also for non-specialists – are important considerations. The dissertation should be well-written and coherent, written by one author. In addition, the Research Prize is intended not only to acknowledge dissertations of outstanding quality but also to encourage promising researchers to continue their scholarly work.

Invitation
Each year, those Universities where research in the academic fields listed in Article 2 is conducted are invited to make a nomination. Each invited University can nominate four dissertations, of which two dissertations should come from the field of humanities, one from the social sciences or behavioral sciences, and one in law.

Nominations
Nominations must be submitted by the Rector of the University. The nomination must be accompanied by a motivation, which may not exceed 500 words, two hard copies of the dissertation, and the completed form. In addition, the nomination, the dissertation (PDF) and the completed form must be digitally sent to spe@erasmusprijs.org.

Nominations must be received by the Foundation no later than 10th January 2022. The period within which the doctoral research must have taken place must fall between 15th December 2019 and 15th December 2021.

Nominations that do not comply with the requirements will not be considered. Nominations cannot be submitted more than once.

Selection 
From all the nominations received, a selection committee from the board of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, supported where necessary by external experts, chooses a maximum of five winners. The winners will be selected in May 2022. The prizes will be awarded in June 2022.