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In recognition of the high quality research performed by PhD students participating in the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry an annual Prize has been established for the most outstanding HRSMC PhD thesis. Apply before July 1, 2024!

The prize is named after Dick Stufkens, HRSMC scientific director from 1997 to 2001. Stufkens forged new bonds between the participating HRSMC groups and put continuous effort in enhancing the opportunities of the School for its PhD students.

The prize consists of a certificate and 2,000 Euro. These will be awarded during the annual HRSMC symposium where the prize winner is also invited to give a lecture.

How to Qualify

Application for the 2024 Dick Stufkens Prize is open for HRSMC PhD students who successfully defended their PhD thesis in the period from July 1,  2023 to July 1, 2024.  

In order to be eligible for the  Dick Stufkens Prize, the candidate should have 

  • obtained the HRSMC PhD certificate; and
  • participated with an oral or poster presentation in at least one annual HRSMC symposium.  

How to apply?

When the qualifications described above have been fulfilled you can apply for the Dick Stufkens Prize 2024 by sending to the HRSMC office

  • five printed copies of your PhD thesis and a pdf; 
  • a letter of support of your (co)supervisor or any member of your PhD committee as pdf;
  • a short essay (maximum 3 pages A4) that explains why this particular PhD thesis is so unique, as pdf.
  • a picture of yourself, suitable for publication, as jpeg. 

The PDF documents can be sent to the HRSMC Office (

Postal address for the 5 copies of your thesis:

Universiteit van Amsterdam
T.a.v. mw. Christina Santaka
Kamernr: C2.238
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam

Please inform us when you have sent the theses.

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2024

Applications will be judged by the External Advisory Committee of the HRSMC. In case the Committee concludes that none of the submitted entries meets the standards of the Prize, it may decide not to award the Prize.