National Postdoc Prize

The National Postdoc Prize was established in 2017 by The Young Academy 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 2019, 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 (2019)
  • social sciences and humanities (2020)

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 five years previously. University assistant professors may also compete in some cases.

More information about exceptional situations can be found in the regulations.


The following round of nominations will begin in April 2020.

Award ceremony

The award ceremony will take place on 20 March 2020.