Prizes and distinctions

Professor Bert Weckhuysen, winnaar NWO Spinozapremie 2013
Professor Bert Weckhuysen, winner NWO Spinoza Prize 2013

Many of Utrecht University's researchers rank among the best in their field internationally. They have been awarded an honorary distinction, research grant or prize for their academic achievements.


The Nobel Prize is the world's most prestigious prize in the field of science. Recipients of this prize include several scientists associated with Utrecht University.


The European Union has set aside a substantial budget in the form of European Research Council grants to support individual outstanding researchers pursuing ground-breaking research. Many researchers at Utrecht University were awarded an ERC grant.


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is one of the main funders of Dutch science and promotes the quality of scientific research through such means as the Spinoza Prize, the Innovation Research Incentive Schemes (Veni, Vidi, Vici) and the Gravitation programme. Utrecht University has proven very successful in attracting personal research grants.

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) confers scientific and scholarly awards and administers funding schemes. One such award is the Academy Professor Prize, which was allocated to Utrecht University professor René Bernards in 2013.


Middeleeuws mozaiek, San Vitale, Ravenna, foto Wikimedia Commons/The Yorck Project
8 December 2014
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has award a research prize (Forschungspreis) to Prof. Mayke de Jong, Professor of Medieval History.
Prof. dr. Jan Luiten van Zanden
17 October 2014
Historian Prof. Jan Luiten van Zanden has been awarded the ‘Pierson-penning’ of the Stichting Mr. N.G. Pierson Fonds.
'Berechnung der Glückseligkeit' - Lars Behrisch (Thorbecke Verlag, 2015)
30 September 2014
Lars Behrisch received the Carl-Erdmann-Preis for his book 'Die Berechnung der Glückseligkeit'.
26 September 2014
The Dutch Data Prize for 2014 has been awarded to the Dutch Song Database in the category of Humanities & Social Sciences.
5 June 2014
Emanuel Overbeeke (Musicology) will receive the Ina Damman Award 2014 for his dedication to the Dutch writer Simon Vestdijk and his work.