De la Court Prize

The Academy awards the De la Court Prize to an individual every other year for conducting research without financial reward, for example a large body of work, life achievement or outstanding accomplishment in the humanities or social sciences.

The De la Court Prize consists of a silver medal and a monetary award of EUR 7500. The award ceremony forms part of a symposium held in the laureate’s discipline.

Pieter and Johan de la Court were influential tradesmen in seventeenth-century Leiden. The Johan de la Court Prize and the Pieter de la Court Prize were established in 1985. In 1999 they were merged into the De la Court Prize.


Humanities; social sciences

Who is it for?

Individuals who have conducted independent and unpaid research of note in the humanities or social sciences. Eligible candidates must not have an appointment as a researcher at a Dutch or foreign university or research institution. 

Nomination and award ceremony

Nominations are not being accepted at this time.