De la Court Prize

The Academy awards the De la Court Prize every other year to an individual for conducting research in the humanities or social sciences without financial reward and  outside the regular academic platforms.

The De la Court Prize consists of a silver medal and a monetary award of EUR 7500.

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.

Disciplines

Humanities; social sciences

Who is it for?

Persons who

  • individually and autonomously conduct scientific/scholarly research in the humanities or the social sciences without financial reward and outside the regular academic platforms.
  • in the five years preceding the year of the De La Court Prize Ceremony have provably delivered (an) exceptional scientific achievement(s) or have built up a scientific lifework/oeuvre for a longer period of time.
  • live in the Netherlands.

Nomination and award ceremony

A candidate for the De La Court Prize can be nominated by:

  • professors and researchers at a university or research institute in the Netherlands
  • board of directors of institutes in the fields of linguistics, literature, history, philosophy, theology, law and behavioral and social sciences
  • board of directors of scientific/scholarly publishing companies, museums and institutes of cultural heritage
  • members of the KNAW and De Jonge Akademie

Nominations for this round are no longer being accepted. Next round for this Prize opens in 2022.

The De La Court Prize Ceremony will take place on 16 November 2020.