Awards in heritage

There are thesis awards, awards for young talent and heritage awards. The first two are individual prizes, heritage awards are intended for cultural institutions. These awards are for various subjects and at different levels: local, regional, national and international.

Thesis awards

Why would you submit your thesis to win an individual prize? If your work is selected, you will have the opportunity to show your research to a large audience. You will get recognition for your hard work and attention for your innovative results. The award usually comes with a considerable sum of prize money as well.

AHK Graduation Prize
The Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) annually presents the AHK Graduation Prize to the best graduation project on Bachelor and Master level. An important criterion is the way in which the students make a connection ​​with the outside world, and the relevance of the work for the further development of their field of study. The prizes consists of € 3,000.

ICOM Thesis Award
The ICOM (International Council of Museums) Nederland has an annual award for an innovative study of international developments in the museum world. The prize consists of € 1,500 and the opportunity to present the thesis at the international conference of ICOM. ICOM Nederland makes € 500 travel costs available.

Max van der Kamp Thesis Award
The National Knowledge Institute for Cultural Education and Amateur Art (LKCA) has been awarding this prize every two years since 2009 to the best Master's thesis on cultural education or cultural participation. An amount of € 1,000 is attached to the prize.

Pieter Jan Abraham van Mensch Award
An incentive for young professionals in cultural heritage. The prize is awarded in each examination period of the Reinwardt Academy for the project in which trends and innovative thinking within the field of heritage theory are applied the best and/or most appealing.

W.A. van Es Award
Incentive of the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (State Service for Cultural Heritage) for young research talent in the field of Dutch archaeology. The award is in rotation assigned to a dissertation, a master thesis or another notable publication. The ceremony traditionally takes place during the Reuvensdagen. The prize consists of € 2,000 and a certificate.

Awards for young talent

Culture Marketing Awards: Young Talent Award
With this biennial award, the creative, effective and inspiring marketing cases in the culture sector are rewarded and stimulated. The Young Talent Award is an award for a cultural marketing talent of 30 years old or younger. The jury is looking for young professionals with a vision of the profession and who have converted them into results through a unique and innovative approach. The prize is linked to a personal development budget of € 750 and, among other things, a workshop and coaching.

Museum Talent
This award is intended for young museum professionals in the Netherlands. The award is not only important for young professionals, it is also a message to the professional field, where aging, innovation and diversity are relevant aspects of organizational development. The development prize stimulates thinking in the sector about knowledge transfer and rejuvenation in organizations. The winner receives a personalized development process worth € 7,000.

Monument Talent
For this award, professionals from the monument sector can nominate candidates younger than 32 years old with a striking role, special competence, character or (innovative) approach. The winner is an ambassador for the field. The winner of this Talent award is offered a personalized development process worth € 7,000.

Heritage awards

Heritage awards contribute to quality improvement in the heritage sector. The system of heritage awards not only ensures quality improvement for the winning organizations, these good practices also inspire others. The knowledge and experience of the prize winners can also be used at other institutions. In addition, the prizes also ensure enjoyment, reward for high-performing staff and, above all, recognition. Heritage institutions can use winning an award for image improvement, for personnel policy or to attract public. A selection:

BNG Bank Erfgoedprijs 
Initiative of the Heritage Platform of the organisation Kunsten '92 for best heritage municipality of the Netherlands. It is not the amount of cultural heritage that counts, but what you do with it. The award consists of € 25,000 that the BNG Culture Fund makes available to encourage municipalities to make cultural history an integral aspect of all municipal policies.

Brabantse Erfgoedprijs 
A biennial incentive award for innovative and creative heritage projects. With this prize, Heritage Brabant wants to stimulate innovation and development in the regional heritage sector. The prize consists of a cash prize of € 10,000 and a counseling process. After the jury process, the audience chooses the final winner.

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 
These international awards are an initiative of the European Commission. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the successes in the heritage field in order to promote best practices. The awards are divided into four categories: management and conservation; research and digitization; exceptional contribution by an individual or organization; education, training and awareness. The selection will look at, among other things, the extent to which the project contributes to increasing support for heritage in Europe. All winners receive a certificate and a placard. The best seven projects will be Grand Prix laureates and receive € 10,000.

Grote Archeologie Prijs
With this award, the Archeology and Public (SAP) Foundation wants to bring archeology and the public closer together. The foundation also wants to make the Dutch public aware of the appealing examples of public projects that bring the past to life. The biennial prize is intended to gain more insight into what the wider public thinks about archeology. The winner is determined by both a professional jury and the public.

Turing Toekenning
The Turing Foundation wants more people to enjoy visual arts in Dutch museums. To promote this, the foundation pays a biannual donation of € 450,000 for a single exhibition. With this, a decisive contribution can be made to exhibitions that would probably not have been possible without this contribution, with works of art that would otherwise only be exhibited in foreign museums.