The Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students

How to apply

The Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students is awarded annually to a Master degree candidate of a Coimbra Group University, in any academic discipline, who, having previously undertaken an Erasmus exchange with another Coimbra Group University has in the opinion of the selection committee best demonstrated the added value of that exchange to their Master degree work. The Prize awarded is of the value of €5,000.

Eligible candidates will have obtained their Master degree during the twelve months preceding the application submission deadlineApplications should be sent to the Coimbra Group representative of the candidate’s university (see list of representatives below) at the latest by 30 November 2020.

The individual Coimbra Group Universities will forward their choice of candidate (a maximum of three candidates) to the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group by 31 January 2021. The decision of the selection committee to be established by the Executive Board will be communicated at the end of March 2021 and at the General Assembly in Prague on 18 June 2021.

Below you will find the Regulations governing the Prize, a list of contact persons at individual Coimbra Group Universities, and the template to accompany the applications.


Arenberg-CG prize representatives 2021

Template to accompany applications



2020 Laureate of the Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students

Award ceremony, 20 October 2020

Left to right: Duke Leopold of Arenberg, Maddalena Centanni







The 2020 Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus students was officially awarded to Maddalena Centanni (University of Leiden, Erasmus+ exchange at Uppsala University) during a virtual ceremony held in presence of the Duke of Arenberg on 22 October 2020.

Award ceremony speech by the Duke of Arenberg 

Award ceremony speech by the laureate Maddalena Centanni 


Recommendation 2020

The Selection Committee established by the Executive Board for the 2020 Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students is pleased to unanimously nominate Ms Maddalena Centanni from Leiden University (The Netherlands) for this year’s award. Ms Maddalena Centanni spent her 6 month Erasmus exchange at Uppsala University in Sweden in 2017-2018. Shortly after graduating in February 2019 with a degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University with cum laude, she was awarded the Nijbakker-Morra Oncology Research Award 2019 in Amsterdam.

Ms Maddalena Centanni has shown that the value of the Erasmus experience was essential for her future career. The opportunities created by the European Higher Education Area allow students to develop their research interests and serve to demonstrate the power of strengthened international cooperation.

Her research internship at the host University in Uppsala enabled Ms Centanni to work with and learn from leading scientists in her field as well as to access new material and methods. The project required interdisciplinary approaches (medical and pharmaceutical) and involved her studying alongside experts from the Netherlands and Sweden. Her work resulted in impressive, highly relevant and prize-winning bio-pharmaceutical research on the dosage of cancer drugs. Her application represented a convincing argument that the international and interdisciplinary team of Dutch and Swedish researchers were crucial in enabling these results and not least in generating international interest for her project over multiple countries.

In her application Ms Maddalena Centanni articulated clearly her career trajectory gained from the Erasmus experience, namely a Dutch-Swedish PhD project. Currently Ms Centanni is a MD/PhD student both at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Uppsala. Her publications are testament to the quality and impact of her research.

The Selection Committee would like to congratulate Ms Maddalena Centanni on this year’s Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize and wish her a successful career that builds on her European research and educational experience.

We should also like to commend the other applicants; the standard was very high and their testimonials also provided excellent examples of the impact of their mobility experience and academic qualities, as well as their commitment to the Erasmus project at the Coimbra Group Universities where they were awarded their degrees and undertook their exchange periods.

Laureate article

Maddalena Centanni (Leiden University) – Article

2007-2020 Laureates’ presentations and articles

Maddalena Centanni (Leiden-Uppsala) – Presentation on 22 October 2020, online

2020 – Maddalena Centanni (article)

Janeli Harjus (Tartu-Aarhus) – Presentation on 6 June 2019 in Cracovia

2019 – Janeli Harjus (article)

2018 – Arnab Dutta (Göttingen-Groningen) “Borderscapes and Student-Mobility in Continental Europe” (article)

Aura Nikkilä (Turku-Granada) – Presentation on 9 June 2017 in Edinburgh

2017 – Aura Nikkilä – Graphic novel (article)

Ting-jung Chen (Göttingen-Uppsala) – Presentation on 10 June 2016 in Poitiers

2016 – Ting-jung Chen – “Policies of the Foreign” (article)

Benjamin Van Soldt (Leiden-Aarhus) – Presentation on 27 May 2015 in Leiden

2015 – Benjamin van Soldt – Europe through Erasmus (article)

Steven Otterman (Göttingen-Groningen) – Presentation on 13 June 2014 in Groningen

2014 – Steven Otterman – Can European Citizens’ Initiative address the EU’s democratic deficit (article)

Juho Terrijärvi (Turku-Heidelberg) – Presentation on 23 May 2013 in Galway 

2013 – Juho Terrijärvi – “Validating Uncoordinated 51-like kinase as an oncological target” (article)

Julia Toth-Czifra(Budapest-Leiden) – Presentation on 30 May 2012 in Göttingen

2012 – Julia Toth-Czifra – “A Critical Edition of Kornél Esti” (article)

Francesco Lubian (Padova-Heidelberg) – Presentation on 26 May 2011 in Padova

2011 Francesco Lubian – “Prudentius’ Dittochaeon: an outlook on its genre and structure” (article)

Alessandro de Bortolli (Padova-Bergen) – Presentation on 23 March 2010 in Brussels

2010 Alessandro De Bortoli – “Atrial Fibrillation” (article)

Markus Davidsen (Aarhus-Heidelberg) – Presentation on 4 June 2009 in Geneva

2009 Markus Davidsen – “New religions in cyberspace” (article)

2008 Sofia Lemmetyinen (Äbo-Louvain) – “Dialogue without Borders: Sant’Egidio Activities” (article)

Mila Oiva (Turku-Kraków) – Presentation on 2 June 2007 in Turku

2007 Mila Oiva – Building Alternative Identities (article)