Research Group in the Spotlight

In collaboration with NKPW we award two prizes each year:

The jury of the Els Witte Annual Prize for Political Science 2020 awards the best PhD dissertation in political science (and related disciplines). The dissertation was defended in 2019 at a Belgian / Dutch university or elsewhere, but relates to Dutch or Belgian politics.

For the Daniël Heinsius Thesis Prize, teachers and students from the Netherlands and Belgium can propose a master thesis, assessed in the year 2019 with the mark 8 or higher (16/20).

Submissions, including the thesis itself and proof of the score obtained, can be sent to

The deadline for submission: Monday 3 February 2020.

The prizes will be awarded at the Politicologenetmaal on 11 June 2020 in Nijmegen.

Laureates 2018:
Koen Damhuis (European University Institute)
Lea Smidt (Maastricht University)

Laureates 2017:
dr. Fransje Molenaar (Leiden, Clingendael)
Hayo Raaphorst (Univ. Maastricht)

Laureates 2016:
dr. Eefje Steenvoorden (UvA, Assistant Professor Erasmus Univeristy)
Louke Huijzer (UvA)   

Laureates 2015:
dr. Ruth Dassonneville (KU Leuven, docent Université de Montréal)
dr. Paul van Hooft (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Max Weber Fellow EUI)
Amélie Godefroidt (KU Leuven)

Laureates 2014:
dr. Ann-Kristin Kölln (Twente, Associate Professor University Aarhus)
Patrice Wangen (Maastricht, European University Institute)

Laureates 2013:
dr. Wouter Veenendaal (Leiden, Assistant Professor Leiden)
dr. Matthijs Rooduijn (UvAmsterdam, Assistant Professor UvA)
Zoran Lazic (UvAmsterdam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Laureates 2012:
dr. Gijs Schumacher (VU Amsterdam, Assistant Professor University of Amsterdam)
Femke Avtalyon Bakker (Leiden)

Laureates 2011:
dr. Marlies Casier (U Gent, Visiting Professor U Gent)
Debby Vos (Universiteit Antwerpen, Rekenhof)

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