KWG PhD Prize: Call for submissions

for the best presentation of PhD research in mathematics

Each year the Royal Dutch Mathematical Society (KWG) organizes the KWG PhD prize for the best presentation of PhD research in mathematics. The PhD prize competition is open to PhD candidates in mathematics from all universities in the Netherlands and CWI, provided they have not yet defended their thesis on 29 February 2024.

A jury of mathematicians from various fields chooses a winner, who receives besides the prestige of winning, an exchange trophy and a monetary reward of 1000 euro made available by the Foundation Compositio Mathematica. Former winners can be found here.

You are kindly invited to participate!


In order to enter the competition please

  1. send an extended abstract (two pages at a maximum) and a short CV (one page maximum) to the following email address: (using “KWG PhD prize” as the subject);
  2. ask your daily supervisor to send a concise letter of recommendation to the same address (

The jury will review the submissions and will make a short-list of four candidates who will be invited to give a presentation of 10 minutes (+ 5 minutes for discussion) at the NMC 2024. The PhD prize presentations are scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 3 April 2024. From the four invited candidates the jury will select the prize winner. The main criterion for being invited is the quality of the PhD research, the main criterion for winning the prize is the capability to present the research to a broad mathematical audience. A PhD candidate should be well-advanced in her/his research (third/fourth year) to have a good chance of being invited.

Composition of the jury

The jury members are:

  • Aida Abiad Monge (TU Eindhoven, DIAMANT )
  • Riccardo Cristoferi (Radboud University, NDNS+)
  • Martin van Gijzen (TU Delft, chair)
  • Francesca Arici (Leiden University, GQT)
  • Annika Betken (University of Twente, STAR)