Academy Professor Prize
Birgit Meyer receives one million euro for research
Birgit Meyer, professor of Religious studies at Utrecht University, receives the Academy Professor Prize from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). She is granted one million euro, to spend on a research project of her choice. The Academy awards the Academy Professor Prize to researchers between 54 and 59 years of age for exceptional achievement throughout the course of their careers. The Prize is intended as a lifetime achievement award.
The Academy confers two separate prizes a year, each worth EUR 1 million. One prize is awarded to a researcher in the social sciences or humanities, and the other to a researcher in the natural, technical or life sciences. The money must be used to fund scientific or scholarly research.
More information is available in Dutch.
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