About the Holberg Prize

About Ludvig Holberg

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

More about Ludvig Holberg

The Board of the Holberg Prize makes the award on the basis of the recommendation from the Holberg Committee, which consists of outstanding scholars in the academic fields covered by the prize. The prize is worth 4.5 million NOK (approximately EUR 610,000 / USD 790,000 as of December 2012).

Statutes for the Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize.

Holberg Committee

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University.
  • Helga Nowotny, Professor Dr. Ph. D, President European Research Council.
  • Mary Jacobus, Professor Emerita, University of Cambridge og Cornell University; tidl. direktør, Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Cambridge.
  • Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • Etan Kohlberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Holberg Board

  • Professor Sigmund Grønmo, Universitetet i Bergen (styreleder)
  • Professor Trude Haugli, Universitet i Tromsø
  • Professor Petter Aaslestad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Professor Øivind Andersen, Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi
  • Utdanningsdirektør Kjellbjørg Lunde, Fylkesmannen i Hordaland