KNAW Early Career Award

The KNAW Early Career Award is intended to support and encourage talented PhD graduates. The Award is aimed at researchers at the start of their career who are capable of developing innovative and original research ideas.

A maximum of twelve Awards are presented each year, divided among the four Academy domains (see below). The KNAW Early Career Award consists of a sum of 15,000 euros, made available from the Academy Fund, and an artwork. The money may be spent at the discretion of the winners on their own research careers.

Domains

The Academy presents the awards in the following domains to a maximum of three researchers per domain:

  • Humanities
  • Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering
  • Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences

The KNAW Early Career Award is open to:

  • young talented researchers who are considered capable of developing innovative and original research ideas.
  • young talented researchers who, in the year of nomination, have obtained their PhD a minimum of three and a maximum of seven years ago (an extension regulation (pdf) applies) and who hold a position at a Dutch university or a Dutch research institute.    

Nomination and award ceremony

Nominations for the current round are no longer being accepted. Next round for this Prize opens in April 2021.

The Award ceremony will be held on 15 February 2021 at the KNAW. Next round for this Prize opens in April 2021.