Descartes-Huygens Prize

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.
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 intended to cover the cost of a French researcher’s research residence in the Netherlands, encourages scientists and scholars to dedicate themselves to their careers.


  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Natural sciences
  • Life sciences

Who is it for?

A researcher who has contributed to Franco-Dutch scientific and scholarly cooperation, has been judged outstanding by peers, enjoys international renown in humanities or social sciences, and is prepared to spend approximately six months – either consecutively or spread out over multiple visits – as a visiting researcher in the Netherlands. Preference is given to candidates who have an active career ahead of them, because the prize is intended as an investment in future collaboration.

Nomination and award

Nominations are not being accepted at this time.