About the Holberg Prize

The Holberg Prize is named after Ludvig Holberg, who was born in Bergen in 1684 and held the Chairs of Metaphysics and Logic, Latin Rhetoric and History at the University of Copenhagen.

Ludvig Holberg played an important part in bringing the Enlightenment to the Nordic countries.

The Holberg Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003 and is awarded annually together with the Nils Klim Prize.

Election of prize winners

Scholars holding positions at universities and other research institutions, including academies, are entitled to nominate candidates to the Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize. Deadline for nomination is June 15th.

The Holberg Prize Board awards the Prize at the recommendation of the Holberg Committee. The function of the nomination is to make the Committee aware of the candidate’s work.

Nominate Candidate

Holberg Committee
  • Etan Kohlberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York University
  • Helga Nowotny, President European Research Council
  • Mary Jacobus, University of Cambridge og Cornell University
  • Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi