Ted Meijer Prize

Tm 2 206x300The Ted Meijer Prize is named after the ex-director of the KNIR who died in 1997. The prize is awarded once a year for the best (R)MA thesis or PhD thesis in the field of the humanities, in relation to Italy and Rome in particular.

The prize consists of:
•  a research grant of max. €2400 for graduates (ie €800 per month) or €3000 for PhD students;
•  three months free research stay at KNIR;
•  a travel allowance of up to €500 (to reimburse the costs of the trip Netherlands – Rome and for study trips in Italy).

Eligible are (R)MA theses and dissertations that have been completed and successfully defended at one of our partner universities (RUG, RU, UU, UL, UvA, VU) in the 18 months prior to the application deadline. The research grant is paid in monthly tranches during the stay in Rome, on the last day of each month.
Allowances for travel and accommodation expenses will be given for costs actually incurred, which must be proved with relevant supporting documents. If the actual costs incurred exceed the maximum reimbursable amount, the maximum reimbursable amount will be paid as an allowance.

Candidates for the Ted Meijer Prize can self-apply. The application should include a brief description (maximum 2 pages A4) of the research to be carried out in Rome and should be accompanied by a copy of the thesis or dissertation. A letter of recommendation from the thesis supervisor should also be enclosed in a sealed envelope or – if the application is made digitally – sent by separate e-mail to secretary@knir.it. The KNIR director will assign the prize after consultation with the institute’s academic staff.

The application should be submitted by 15 November 2024. The application itself can be sent by e-mail to secretary@knir.it; please send the e-mail with a request for reading confirmation and state in the subject field in capital letters: APPLICATION TED MEIJER PRIZE. The thesis or dissertation and letters of recommendation should be sent by priority mail or in digital form to KNIR (postal address: Reale Istituto Neerlandese di Roma, ‘Ted Meijer Prize’, Via Omero 10-12, 00197 ROMA, Italia).

Candidates will be notified of the results of the selection procedure within six weeks after the deadline for applications.


Former Prize Winners

The Ted Meijer Prize 2023 will be awarded to Maarten Schmaal MA for his thesis Imperialist Dynamics Between Lineage and State in the Long Fourth Century (403-293 BCE): Evidence for a Grand Bargain in Central Italy?

The Ted Meijer Prize 2022 was awarded to Claudia Minchilli for her dissertation Localising Digital Diasporas. Diasporic digital networking among Somali, Romanian and Turkish women in Rome through the lens of social class which she defended at Utrecht University on Friday 19 November 2021.

The Ted Meijer Prize 2021 was awarded to Warja Tolstoj MA for her thesis Domine Quo Vadis: Appropriation, Veneration and Fabrication, Traces of the Divine.