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Pieter de la Court Medal 2021: nominations are welcome

6 May 2021

Nomination deadline is Friday 17 September 2021. 

Do you know a FSW student/student initiative that, during the past academic year, has focused on at least one of the Pieter de la Court themes?

  • Democratisation
  • Diversity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • World Trade

If so, you can nominate them for the Pieter de la Court Medal

Nomination form Pieter de la Court Medal 2021
Pieter de la Court in 1667

Freethinker with a mission: Pieter de la Court

Pieter de la Court was a striking freethinker, pamphleteer and influential Leiden cloth merchant. He spoke out emphatically about the above five themes and enrolled as a student at Leiden University on 17 October 1643. In many ways Pieter de la Court appealed to the imagination with these views, which are still topical today.

Prize for and by students

The prize is for a FSW student/student initiative and the medal is awarded by fellow students.

Examples

  • a student who has made a commitment to sustainability or
  • students who have set up an initiative to make international students feel welcome in the Netherlands.

It is important that it is a social initiative and, in its own way, gives substance to the environmental sensitivity and decisiveness that is so characteristic of this faculty.

Pieter de la Court Medal 2020 winner Klara Wieczorke

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Pieter de la Court Medal 2020 winner Bram Geurds

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Criteria

The candidates will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Does the initiative relate to one of the Pieter de la Court themes?
  2. Has the initiative had an impact on the surroundings?
  3. Does the initiative translate academic knowledge and/or skills into societal commitment?
  4. Is the initiative an inspiration for others?
  5. Is the initiative extracurricular? (i.e., it is not part of a course or degree programme).
  6. Is the initiative a voluntary one? (i.e., the student is not paid for it).
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