Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.

Tilburg University awards

Every year, Tilburg University proudly presents awards to people who have made a special achievement.

PhD thesis awards

During the Fall meeting of alumni association ‘Vrienden van Cobbenhagen’, the university will present awards to students who wrote the best Master’s and Research Master’s theses in the past year. Awards for the best PhD theses will be presented during the university’s Dies Natalis.

Honorary doctorates

The university awards honorary doctorates to people who have made an exceptional scientific contribution to society. On the webpage Honorary Doctorates you can read about people who have received an honorary doctorate from Tilburg University.

Human Rights Award

Since 1995, Tilburg University has presented the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award to people who have made an academic contribution to the field of human rights.

UNHCR Award for Statelessness Research

In 2013, UNHCR and Tilburg University established a research award for excellence in the field of statelessness, with a view to draw more attention to this global phenomenon and area of study. Any university in the world can nominate students for the award, which has separate prize categories for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral research. An international expert jury, composed of leading academics in the field of citizenship, statelessness and human rights, determines the winning entries.

E. du Perron Prize

Together with the municipality of Tilburg, the School of Humanities annually awards the E. du Perron Prize to honor people or institutions that have made an active contribution to culture, promoting mutual understanding and good relations among the population groups living in the Netherlands.


The KUBBIK Prize has been regularly awarded since 1994 to persons in the Netherlands or Flanders who have contributed significantly to the field of information science and the use of Information Technology (IT).

Witteveen Memorial Fellowship on Law and Humanities and the Marit Witteveen Award

In memory of Willem and Marit Witteveen, who both perished in the MH17 air disaster in 2014, Tilburg University has established an annual Visiting Fellowship and an award in the spirit of their work and lives. Willem Witteveen was Professor of Legal Theory and Rhetoric at Tilburg Law School and Marit studied Liberal Arts and Sciences at the university.

With the Witteveen Memorial Fellowship on Law and Humanities, Tilburg University annually gives a junior researcher (a PhD or postdoc) the opportunity to further develop his or her research in the area of law and humanities during a three-month visit to Tilburg University. The Witteveen Memorial Fellowship is awarded to Michel Bot in 2015.

The Marit Witteveen Award will be presented annually to the best first-year Liberal Arts and Sciences student. With this prize, € 250 worth of book tokens, the university wants to stimulate young talent.