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Dutch Education Award

The Dutch Education Award is created to value, encourage and reward educational teams that achieve a special impact for students, teachers or the educational field through innovation in higher education. For the second time this year, the NRO is awarding the Dutch Education Award to three teams per sector (mbo, hbo, wo) that have delivered an outstanding or special performance with regard to innovation and/or improvement of higher education. The Dutch Education Award is the highest award awarded in Dutch government-funded higher education in recognition of – and as an impulse for – educational innovation and improvement of higher education. The highest award from the Dutch Education Award is €1.2 million, second place is €800,000 and third place is €500,000.

Each year, the University of Groningen may nominate a teaching team for this one prestigious prize. An education team has the following profile:

  1. The education team consists of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 people.

  2. The education team is employed by the same Dutch-funded education institution.

  3. The education team consists of members with different roles, ground lecturers, involved education director, education researchers, hybrid lecturers, PhD students, student assistants, etc.

  4. The members of the education team must be able to use the available resources as a team (as far as possible) for projects that contribute to the renewal and/or improvement of higher education.

  5. The special performance of the teaching team that forms the basis of the nomination is not determined in advance with this premium.

More information

More information about the grant and conditions can be found in the brochure on the website of the Dutch Education Award.

Application procedure

If you are involved in an educational development that could qualify for this premium, we cordially invite you to submit it. The procedure is as follows:

  1. No later than 14 January, teams that plan to apply for the education premium can submit a short motivation for the prize and a concise CV/description of the team to their dean. The description shall in any case contain the special achievement and the members of the team;

  2. By 17 February at the latest, the deans will forward the nominations to the rector. Advice from Talent Development and the TAG is consulted for the prioritization by the rector.

  3. No later than 4 April, the rector will select the most promising nomination. The selected team has a kickoff meeting with Talent Development and the TAG and starts filling in the nomination form.

  4. At the beginning of July, the first feedback round with the rector, Talent Development and the TAG will take place.

  5. The final version must be sent to the rector by the end of September.

  6. The final nomination must be submitted by the TAG no later than 12 January at 2:00 PM.

Timeline of the application procedure

Early February 2023

Selection committee writes preliminary advice

Early March 2023

Education team writes rebuttal (five working days)

Early April 2023

Results assessment meeting selection committee

End of April 2023

First interview and assessment meeting

End of May 2023

Announcement of nominees. Second interview and assessment meeting

June 2023

Decision by the Prowo (Programme Council for Scientific Education Research)

End of June 2023

Award ceremony at the Comenius Festival

Contact details

We advise you to check our webpage for information on the educational grants and procedures. Do you have any additional questions? You can reach out to the talent and grant coordinator, dr. Maaike Engels via m.c.engels

Last modified:09 May 2023 11.12 a.m.
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