The goal of the competition is to increase the pupils’ interest in the research areas which the Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize represent. The three top contributions is awarded 25 000 NOK, 15 000 NOK and 10 000 NOK and the winners are invited as guests at the Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Award Ceremony and to participate in various events during the Holberg Week.
Each year, around 500 students from 12 selected schools participate in the competition. The projects are part of the regular classes in Norwegian, English, history, sociology and social anthropology, law and religion.The contestants are carrying out self-chosen research projects in cooperation with experienced scholars who serve as councellors and help develop the projects.
The Holberg Prize School Project also awards a prize of 20 000 NOK to the teacher who presents the best educational program initiated as part of the Holberg Prize School Project each year. The aim is to encourage teachers participating in the project to share their experiences with others. The prize is an awknowledgement the teacher’s role as an academic resource and source of inspiration in stimulating interest in research amongst the youth.