Francqui Prize

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The Francqui Prize is a prestigious Belgian scholarly and scientific prize named after Émile Francqui. Normally anually since 1933, the Francqui Foundation awards it in recognition of the achievements of a scholar or scientist, who at the start of the year still had to be under 50. It currently represents a sum of 250,000 , and is awarded in the following three-year rotation of subjects: exact sciences, social sciences or humanities, and biological or medical sciences.

Proposed candidates must be associated with a Belgian academic institution, since at least ten years in the case of a foreigner. The 8 to 14 necessarily foreign jury members must not be associated with a such Belgian institution. Their upon secret letter voting recommended laureate requires support by two thirds of the at least 12 assembled directors of the foundation, or no prize would be awarded that year.

The prize is meant to encourage the further work of the young laureate, rather than crown the latter's career. He or she is also asked to organise an international colloquium in the appropriate discipline the same year that he is awarded the prize, which usually leads to an international publication which enables the quality of Belgian university research to be more widely appreciated.

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