ECHO Award 2023

The finalists of the ECHO Award 2023 have been announced. From 28 shortlisted candidates, the jury selected 11 finalists. The winners will be announced at the ECHO Award ceremony on December 7. Winners may attend an all-expense paid summer course at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States in 2024.

Uitreiking ECHO Award

On Thursday, December 7, the ceremony of the ECHO Award 2023 will take place at the Loyens & Loeff headquarters in Amsterdam. On this evening you will be introduced to the 11 finalists. These finalists have been selected from 28 nominated candidates. They are successful students with a non-Western background who stand out because of their innovative thinking, social impact, organizational ability and critical view of social issues. During the ceremony, Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf will announce the winners in the categories Beta Technology Award, Law & Tax Award, ECHO Award HBO and ECHO Award WO.

The ECHO Award is made possible by the partners of the ECHO Foundation: Loyens & Loeff, Boston Consulting Group, Dutch Railways and the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science.

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023

Time: 19.30-21.30 with a buffet before that from 18.00-19.15

Location: Loyens & Loeff

Address: Parnassusweg 300, Amsterdam

The ceremony will be hosted by Loyens & Loeff.


Would you like to attend? Please register free of charge via

Calendar ECHO Award 2023

March 20th, 2023: Call open for submissions
June 2nd, 2023: Call closed for submission
August 26th, 2023: ECHO Ambassador Academy
September 25th, 2023: First Jury meeting
October 23rd, 2023: Jury interviews
December 7th, 2023: ECHO Award ceremony (may be subject to change)


Students who qualify for an ECHO Award are successful students with a non-Western background* who distinguish themselves for their entrepreneurial attitude, organizational skills, active social involvement and constructive approach to challenges related to exclusion. The winners will be rewarded with a fully catered Summer Course at UCLA in the United States in 2024. They will be chosen by an independent jury chaired by Ms Kathleen Ferrier, chair of the Dutch Unesco Commission.

*ECHO is aware of the changing context regarding the term ‘non-western’. Click here for additional information on ECHO’s definition of non-western.

Nominee submission

To nominate a candidate for the ECHO Award 2023, you must have the following information ready:

If you have trouble downloading the documents, please contact Pravini Baboeram ( to receive the documents by email.

The application form and required documents need to be emailed to


Deadline for nomination June 2nd 2023

Please note that the internal deadline may differ per educational institution. If you have any questions about this, please contact the internal coordinator of the educational institution or ECHO.


*Further explanation by letter of recommendation from the institution / faculty / degree program, signed by a member of the Executive Board / the Executive Board. In the nomination letter, the institution / faculty / degree program presents the nominated student to the jury with a motivation for nomination. The letter must include a signature from a member of the Board of Governors / the Executive Board.