Descartes-Huygens Prize

The French and Dutch governments established the Descartes-Huygens Prize in 1995 to draw the attention of researchers as well as a broader public to Franco-Dutch relations in science and scholarship. Each year two Prize winners are selected: the Netherlands selects the French winner and France selects the Dutch winner.

The Prize, a grant of EUR 23,000, is intended to (partially) cover the costs of a French researcher’s research residence in the Netherlands or a series of working visits by a French researcher to the Netherlands, or vice versa. If so desired, other activities regarding Franco-Dutch cooperation can be performed as well.

As of 2017 the Descartes-Huygens Prize is open to researchers in all disciplines.

Disciplines

All

Who is it for?

An excellent researcher working in France who has contributed to Franco-Dutch scientific and scholarly cooperation and intends to intensify and expand this cooperation. 

The French candidate:

  • is an excellent early to mid-career researcher
  • works at a French research institute
  • has contributed to Franco-Dutch scientific and scholarly cooperation and intends to intensify and expand this cooperation
  • is prepared to stay a minimum of three months – either consecutively or spread out over multiple working visits – as a visiting researcher in the Netherlands and may also develop additional activities of cooperation if so desired.

Nomination and award ceremony

Nominations are not being accepted at this time.

For information about the selection of the Dutch Descartes-Huygens Prize winner, please visit the website of Ministère de lʼEnseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de lʼInnovation