Teaching awards

The student and teaching awards ceremony is held each year at the VU Amsterdam New Year’s Gala in January. VU lecturers and students are put in the limelight with the presentation of the Van der Duijn Education Award, the Teacher Talent Award, the Student Talent Award, the thesis awards, and the Student Initiative Award.

The Student Talent Award honours students who undertake exceptional societal or cultural activities, have a pioneering attitude and show commitment to VU Amsterdam. Each Faculty Board may nominate one student. The winner receives €4,000 and is linked to a VU Amsterdam alumnus who may be of interest to them.

Bachelor’s and Master’s theses that are eligible for the thesis awards have preferably been awarded a mark of 9 or higher. The final projects are nominated by the Faculty Board. The winners of the Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis awards each receive €2,000 and are linked to a VU Amsterdam alumnus who may be of interest to them.

The Teacher Talent Award is a teaching award for talented junior lecturers and is coordinated by the University Students Council. The lecturers are nominated by the Faculty Student Councils. The winner receives €4,000.

The purpose of the Innovation Award is to encourage a teaching staff team who, possibly with the help of students, have developed a project which aims to improve educational practice at VU Amsterdam. The Innovation Award is presented once every two years. The winning project receives €50,000.

The Van der Duijn Schouten Teaching Award was created to honour senior lecturers. The lecturers are nominated by the Faculty Student Councils. The award is presented once every two years. The winner receives €7,000 (to be spent on their own teaching).