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Prizes, Grants and funding specifically for women or aiming at stimulating diversity & inclusion in general


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Athena Award

The Athena Award rewards female researchers that stand out, and because of that are role models for others.

Middle of June

Anyone can submit one or more nominations. Self-nominations are not allowed.


Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Award

The Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Award rewards initiatives related to the improvement of Diversity and Inclusion on the work floor in (natural) scientific disciplines.

Middle of June

Anyone can submit a nomination. It is possible to nominate yourself or your team.


Specific for Radboud University

Mohrmann stipendium

Female PhD candidates in their third year

Middle of January

Nominations have to be submitted through the institute to the FB


Radboud Gateway Fellowship

Incoming students from low income countries doing a short internship at the Science faculty

15 March

International students can apply themselves Travel and housing costs

RNVH Jubilee Price

The Radboud Network of Women Professors awards a prize to excellent female academics who obtained their PhD no more than 5 years ago and who have their primary appointment at Radboud University or the RadboudUMC.

January, uneven years

Deans, supervisors and colleagues can nominate women academics and women academics can also nominate themselves for the RNVH jubilee prize.


Other organizations

Breakthrough Prize: Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize

The Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize  is presented to women mathematicians who have completed their PhDs within the previous two years


Anyone can nominate a candidate online during the open nominations period.
Self-nominations are not allowed


KHMW L’Oréal UNESCO  rising talent Prize

The aim of the Netherlands L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Rising Talent Prizes is to advance the academic careers of young women researchers in the Netherlands holding a position as PhD candidate or postdoctoral fellow in STEM or Life Sciences, with a maximum of three years post-PhD academic experience.

Middle of January

Women researchers
may apply themselves. Extensions can be granted for care tasks.


L’Oréal UNESCO for women in Science fellowships

Women scientists, between 3 and 10 years after their doctorate (comparable to Veni/Vidi level) and currently affiliated with a Dutch University or Institute are eligible to apply.

1 March

Women researchers  may apply themselves. Extensions can be granted for care tasks.

Residential fellowship at NIAS; €25.000.-

L’Oréal UNESCO Prize

Outstanding women scientists in recognition of their scientific accomplishments. The scientific fields considered for the awards alternate every other year between Life Sciences (even years) and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science (odd years).

31 May

Nominations can be done by professors, department heads, etc. Self-nominations are not possible.



The Minerva Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding young female or non-binary physicist in the Netherlands with an overall performance that scientifically excels in any subfield of physics, with a professional scientific life period up to maximally 10 years after finishing a relevant master program.

1 Oct.

Nominees for the prize can be nominated by anyone, including self-nominations. €5.000.-

NNV Diversiteitsprijs

(Physics) institutes or departments doing an excellent job on the promotion of diversity and gender equality within the organization.

1 Dec., biannual

Department heads

The award consist of a trophy, a certificate and the right to use the logo of the NNV Diversity Prize

Johnson & Johnson STEM2D award

The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers

30 Sept.

Female early- to mid-career scientists, per university one for each STEM discipline

$150.000 for a period of 3 years