National Postdoc Prize

The National Postdoc Prize was established in 2017 by The Young Academy (DJA) and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) as an incentive for postdoc researchers and assistant professors who conduct excellent scientific research that could have a major impact on society.

Nomination rounds will be held annually, with nominations being accepted on an alternating basis in the social sciences/humanities in one year and in science/medicine in the next year. In 2017, the prize will be awarded to a postdoc in science/medicine.

The National Postdoc Prize consists of a monetary award of EUR 10,000 and a certificate. Laureates may spend this amount at their discretion on their own research or on research conducted under their supervision.


Alternating between

  • science and medicine (2017)
  • social sciences and humanities (2018)

Who is it for?

The National Postdoc Prize is intended for postdoc researchers and assistant professors at a Dutch university or Dutch research institute who have received their PhD no more than ten years previously from a Dutch university.


Nominations for the National Postdoc Prize may be submitted by:

  • the executive boards of Dutch universities
  • professors at Dutch universities
  • directors of Dutch research institutes

Nominations are not being accepted at this time.

Award ceremony

The award ceremony will take place at Hodshon House in Haarlem, the headquarters of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, in November 2017.