Academy Education Prize

The Academy awards the Academy Education Prize to emphasise and encourage quality in Dutch education. Science and scholarship depend on inspired teaching, both now and in the future.

The Academy Education Prize is awarded annually to the twelve best subject cluster projects by Dutch secondary school pupils (pre-university level).

The winning pupils receive a bursary for their first year at a Dutch research university or university of applied sciences, or at a comparable foreign educational institution. The first prize is EUR 2000, the second prize is EUR 1500, and the third prize is EUR 1000. The winners also receive a certificate from the Academy.

The Royal Netherlands Academy Arts and Sciences awards the Academy Education Prize to draw attention to the huge significance of teachers who encourage pupils every day to bring out the best in themselves. The winning pupils’ teachers are treated to a celebratory afternoon at the Academy.

The relevant schools will receive an Academy plaque.

The Academy Education Prize is the Academy’s gift to Dutch education. It was established in 2008 to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the Academy’s founding. See the Academy Education Prize website (Dutch only) for more information about submissions, the assessment process, and practical matters.


Subject clusters (pre-university): Nature and Technology; Nature and Health; Economy and Society; Culture and Society

Who is it for?

Secondary school pupils in their final year (pre-university level), teachers, schools

Nomination and award

The following round of nominations will begin in December 2019.