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.
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
Every researcher at a Dutch university or research institute may nominate French candidates. Please use this nomination form (in Dutch).
The Academy strives for gender diversity among the candidates for this Prize. In light of this, please note that the research visit to the Netherlands does not have to be consecutively, but can be spread out over multiple working visits.
The nomination form (with Curriculum Vitae as attachment) can be submitted to the Academy up and until 18 June 2018 via this e-mail address:
For information about the selection of the Dutch Descartes-Huygens Prize winner, please visit.