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We invite students and researchers to submit a project proposal that contributes to resolving societal issues and embraces Isaac Roet’s philosophy of promoting a fair, safe and sustainable world. In this first round you can check if your idea would qualify, deadline: 31 March.

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The Isaac Roet Prize is awarded to a student or researcher from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences whose project plan promotes the beliefs of Isaac Roet. These beliefs are the pursuit of a fair, just, safe and sustainable world. The key factor is the equal distribution of and access to resources and opportunities in our societies. Projects eligible for the prize are ones that make academic knowledge useful to society and that contribute to society.

About Isaac Roet and the fund

Isaac Roet was an alumnus of the Municipal University (Gemeente Universiteit), which was later to become the University of Amsterdam, and was a registered accountant as well as an inventor. On 3 June 1927, he recorded in his will that one-fifth of his estate should be used for a contest aimed at ‘fostering world peace and a more efficient distribution’. Isaac was murdered in Auschwitz on 11 February 1944. Isaac’s will came into effect after the war and the municipality of Amsterdam received a sum of 10,000 guilders, on the condition that the university would allocate it to the prize. The estate was later transferred to the Amsterdam University Fund (AUF) and was converted into a separate fund: the Isaac Roet Fund. The Isaac Roet Prize was awarded for the first time in 1989, in the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Together with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the AUF endeavours to award the Isaac Roet Prize every year to a special project that contributes to a better world.

The contest and conditions

Students and researchers can take part in the contest. Successful participation requires a well thought-out project plan. The project must meet a number of conditions:

  • It must be linked to the objective of the Isaac Roet Fund: fostering a fair, safe and sustainable world through the equal distribution of and access to resources and opportunities in societies.
  • The project must yield usable knowledge, activities and/or products for society. Proposals for research activities only will not be considered. The proposals should concern activities and resources that focus on practice, such as activities in schools to help disadvantaged pupils or to promote diversity, or activities or resources for neighbourhoods to promote liveability and social cohesion. You can find examples of previous winners below. The proposal can take any form, in the Netherlands or elsewhere, as long as it is focused on the ideas of Isaac Roet and involves putting knowledge into practice.
  • It must suit the project’s target group, allowing the latter to actually benefit from the project.
  • The project may not be funded from regular research funds.
  • The project plan must include a strong motivation and substantiate any financial aspects.
  • The project must be valid and feasible.

The winners will be asked to provide feedback on completion of their project. The project and its results will be shared through the FMG’s communication channels.


An independent jury will assess the submitted projects on the basis of quality, feasibility and the extent to which they embrace Isaac Roet’s philosophy.

Prize money

The winner of the Isaac Roet Prize will receive €5,000 to realise the submitted project. This money can also be used to start a project, provided that other funds will be made available at a later stage to complete it.


  • If you have an inspiring idea for a project, you can check whether it meets the criteria by submitting a brief description (of some 200 words) of what it is about and send it to: Deadline: 30 March 2021
  • If your idea qualifies, we will invite you to submit it in the form of a brief project proposal. Deadline: 1 September 2021
  • The winner will be announced in the first week of October. We hope to present the award at a live event.
  • Please submit your application in English.


For questions about the prize, please contact Karen Kraal at or on 525 3659.

Previous winners

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Helping East African farmers (Wakulimarket)

Wakulimarket is a social project enabling East African farmers to directly access international markets to sell their products (direct trade). Wakulimarket works with farmer cooperatives to help them reach their full potential and develop into long term sustainable businesses that can invest in means of production and the community. Wakulimarket circumvents auctions and local traders or other exporters and helps farmer cooperatives to find buyers for their coffee by connecting them to customers and retailers in Europe, organising the coffee testing (cupping) and transportation in Tanzania.

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Empowering young people in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro (BeLief)

To foster world peace through a better distribution of world resources, BeLief will distribute one of the most valuable resource to the young people in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro: knowledge. With this knowledge, they will have the power to overcome their financial difficulties and increasing their chances of having a better life. The project launches a platform that has inspirational videos, educational videos from recognized institutions and universities, videos from volunteers/Youtubers teaching different skills, job opportunities for young people (sponsored by the companies that offer the vacancies), available study scholarships, a message option to talk with people involved in the project, links for other social projects that might be helpful for them.

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Restoring the capital of Moldova (Chisinau)

A vibrant capital is a crucial start to restoring a population’s sense of pride for the country at wide and reinstate the belief in the ability to reset the country’s engine for development. Restoring the capital of Moldova (Chisinau) will help alleviate the forces by which all educated population is abandoning Moldova in search of a better life abroad, leaving Moldova to be a country of seniors and disinterested citizens. This project sets up a pioneering educational/ tactical urbanist program with the goal to give young people and communities, headed by educational institutions, a proactive role in restoring the city, block by block. Through artistic creative solutions it will bring back colour to courtyards, parks and squares.

Drs. K. (Karen) Kraal

Questions? Contact Karen Kraal