About the Nils Klim Prize

The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to Nordic scholars under the age of 35, for outstanding contributions within the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology, either within one of the relevant fields alone or through work of an interdisciplinary nature.

Particular importance is attached to the researcher’s independence and innovative ability. Consideration is also given to whether the research contribution in question can be deemed particularly outstanding or promising in light of the researcher’s age, the nature of the research project and the research traditions in the academic field in question.

The prize is worth NOK 300,000 (approximately EUR 33 000 / USD 35,000, as of January 2017). The prize winner must be under 35 years of age on the final date of nomination. The Holberg Board appoints the prize winner on basis of the recommendation of the Nils Klim Committee, which consists of reknowned Nordic scholars from the relevant academic fields.

The prize is named after the hero in Ludvig Holberg's novel Nils Klim's subterranean Journey from 1741. Read more here.