An excellent thesis, the most impressive report or the best research question. LUF stimulates ambitious students to get the best out of themselves.
Leiden University Thesis Prizes
The annual Leiden University Thesis Prizes are awarded during the Dies Natalis for alumni. These prizes are funded by the Minerva Reunisten Fund 1957/1961/1965 that is managed by LUF.
All the rules and conditions relating to the thesis prizes can be found in the Leiden University 2023 Regulation on Thesis Prizes (in Dutch). Each year, in the autumn, all faculties receive an invitation to submit their candidate for the university thesis prize.
Prizes for international projects
Every year, a large number of students study abroad funded by a subsidy from the LUF International Study Fund (LISF). When they return they write a report on what they have learned, researched and studied. This report is automatically entered in the competition for the LISF Prize. The winner receives a cash prize of 1000 euros, and is also invited to give a talk at a Cleveringa Meeting abroad.
Janneke Fruin-Helb Grant
The aim of this grant is to provide extra attention and financial support for excellent LISF research proposals. Candidates with a LISF research project that is both highly creative and of excellent quality can be considered for the Janneke Fruin-Helb Grant of 1000 euros.
The grant is named after Mrs A.M. Fruin-Helb, former director of LUF (1989-2003) and co-founder of the LUF International Study Fund (LISF).
Schild-de Groen Fund
The Schild-de Groen Fund was established to support research into the prevention and treatment of all forms of cancer. This named fund awards three annual prizes for a student publication or thesis relating to cancer research. The three winners receive a cash prize of € 1,500, € 750 and € 500.
Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award
In honor of Krijn Rietveld (1957 – 2018), LUF and Royal DSM launched the Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award to recognise and reward excellence in innovative research that contributes to a more sustainable world. This prestigious award accompanies a cash prize of €10,000 and will be handed out annually for the best thesis (MSc), dissertation (PhD) or post-doc research at Leiden University in the field of biosciences in combination with data sciences.