Researchers from any country, worldwide, are eligible for the Jaap Schijve Award. Selection for the award is based on technical contributions to the advancement of the field of aeronautical fatigue that have been made by the applicant, who should be at an early stage of his/her career -- preferably within 10 years of entering the field and/or below the age of 35. Candidates must have earned an MSc or PhD degree in engineering or a related field. He/she should have published at least two articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
The award winner will be selected by a jury consisting of the General Director of the NLR, the Dean of the Aerospace Department of Delft University of Technology, and three experts in the field of fatigue and damage tolerance: one from the Aerospace Department of Delft University of Technology, one from the Aerospace Vehicles Division of the NLR and an international expert. The award will be presented every second year, starting in 2009.