Praemium Erasmianum Foundation

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Founded 1958 by HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Patron Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Chairman of the Board Martijn Sanders
Director Max Sparreboom
Official Website

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation is a non-profit cultural organisation that annually awards the Erasmus Prize and five Research Prizes.

The aim of the Foundation is to strengthen the position of the arts, the social sciences and the humanities and to honour people or institutions who have been exemplary in doing so.

The Foundation is guided by the ideas of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), from whom it derives its name. Humanistic values, such as tolerance, cultural pluralism and undogmatic, critical thinking, are reflected in the choice of the Erasmus Prize laureates and in the activities around the theme of the Prize.

The Foundation organizes a wide range of academic and cultural activities around the Erasmus Prize award ceremony.