The Holberg Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003 and is awarded annually to a scholar who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology. The prize may be awarded both for work within a particular academic discipline and for work of a cross disciplinary nature. The prize winner must have had a decisive influence on international research.
The Prize money value is NOK 4,5 million (approximately 495,000 EUR / USD 524 000*).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. The Holberg Prize Laureate will be announced in March and the award ceremony takes place in Bergen, Norway, in early June.
Scholars holding positions at universities and other research institutions, including academies, are entitled to nominate candidates to the Holberg Prize. The nomination letter should be written in English and provide a statement of maximum 1 page justifying why the candidate should recieve the Holberg Prize. The nomination should also include the candidate’s CV and suggest at least three referees who know the scholar´s work.
The Holberg Committee particularly encourages nomination of established scholars below the age of seventy. Joint nominations do not strengthen a candidacy. Nominations are strictly confidential and should not be disclosed to the nominee or to others at any time. The deadline for next year has passed. The deadline nominations for the Holberg Prize 2019 is 15 June, 2018. We encourage that nominators use the online nomination for, that will be made available on this page in November.
Nordic scolars under the age of 35 can be nominated to the Nils Klim Prize. Read more here.
For further information on how to nominate or the nomination process, please contact:
Hilde Marie Rognås, Project Manager Holberg Prize
Tel: +47 55 58 69 92
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