Nils Klim Prize

The University of Bergen
Application Deadline

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 500,000 (approximately EUR 50 000 / USD 63,000, as of February 2018). 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.

Nomination Requirements
Scholars holding positions at universities, academies or other research institutions may nominate candidates for the Nils Klim Prize. We ask that nominators use the online nomination form. In the form you will be asked to provide the following:

  • A nomination letter written in English that state the reason for the nomination in 1 to 3 pages.
  • A copy of the candidate's CV and publication list.
  • We also ask that you upload a copy of the candidate's doctoral thesis, along with other examples of his/her academic work, such as articles, book excerpts or book reviews.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Candidates must be under the age of 35 on the closing date for nominations. Time spent on parental leave can be deducted.
  • It is required that the candidate is a Nordic citizen.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominations are strictly confidential and should not be disclosed to the nominee or to others at any time.