The French and Dutch governments established the Descartes-Huygens Prize in 1995 to draw the attention of the public and researchers to Franco-Dutch relations in science and scholarship.
The Prize is also intended as an impulse for further development of the scientific careers of the laureates. By agreement, the Netherlands selects the French candidate for the prize, and France selects the Dutch candidate.
The prize, a grant of EUR 23,000, is intended to (partially) cover the costs of a French researcher’s research residence in the Netherlands or a series of working visits by a French researcher to the Netherlands and, if desired, other activities regarding Franco-Dutch cooperation. As of 2017 the Prize can be awarded to researchers working in any discipline.
Who is it for?
An excellent researcher working in France who has contributed to Franco-Dutch scientific and scholarly cooperation and intends to intensify and expand this cooperation. He or she should be prepared to stay a minimum of three months – either consecutively or spread out over multiple working visits – as a visiting researcher in the Netherlands and may also develop additional activities of cooperation if so desired.
Only candidates who have an active career ahead of them are eligible, because the prize is intended as an investment in future collaboration.
Nomination and award
All Dutch researchers may nominate French candidates. Please use the nomination form on this webpage. Please consult the regulations (in Dutch) first.
Nominations for French candidates can be submitted until 15 July 2017.
Do you know a Dutch scientist who cooperates or wishes to cooperate with researchers in France? All French research institutes may nominate Dutch researchers via the French Ministry of Education and Research.
The award will be presented to both the Dutch and the French laureate in the first part of 2018 in Paris.