The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

Jaarprijs Cuijpers-Opdenakker

NINO and Ex Oriente Lux annually award a prize for the best scholarly article written in the Netherlands by a junior scholar in the Netherlands on a topic concerning the Ancient Near East (incl. Egypt). The prize is funded by and named after C.P.M. Cuijpers en R.J.G. Opdenakker.


The topic of the publication should be within the scope of the NINO research areas, and published no more than five years before.

A call for submissions is open every two years from 15 November to 15 February. During this period authors may submit their published article through the NINO website. To compete, submitted articles should be no older than five years. The competition is judged in March/April; the winner is awarded the Prize in June/July. The jury consists of representatives for NINO, Ex Oriente Lux, and the prize’s founders.

JCO Prize 2025

Researchers in Ancient Near Eastern studies (incl. Egyptology) have the opportunity to submit their article, published no earlier than 2020, between 1 December 2024 and 15 February 2025.

The winner of the Jaarprijs Cuijpers-Opdenakker 2025 will be announced at an award ceremony in May/June 2025. Further details on the event to be announced in due time.

Conditions and regulations

The main conditions for participation are:

The full regulations for the Jaarprijs Cuijpers-Opdenakker are available in Dutch (pdf).

Don’t miss the opportunity to win the prize for Best Scholarly Article on the Ancient Near East in the Netherlands!

Previous winners

JCO Prize 2023


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JCO Prize 2022


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JCO Prize 2021


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