The Holberg Prize School Project

The School Prize Winners of 2019, from Oslo City Steiner School, Kongsberg Upper Secondary School and Kirkenes Upper Secondary School, together with the Teacher Prize winners, Holberg Laureate Paul Gilroy, Nils Klim Laureate Finnur Dellsén and Jan Tore Sanner, the Norwegian minister of knowledge and integration. Photo: Thor Brødreskift

The Holberg Prize School Project is an annual research competition in for students in the upper secondary schools in Norway.

The Holberg Prize School Project was established in 2004 as an initiative to increase understanding and interest for research in the humanities, social sciences, law and theology amongst young students. 

Each year, around 700 students from 20 selected schools participate in the competition. The projects are part of their 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 help develop the projects.

The School Prize

The three top contributions is awarded prizes of 30 000 NOK, 20 000 NOK and 10 000 NOK respectively, and the winners are invited as guests of honour during the Holberg Week, which takes place in Bergen each year, in June.

The Teacher Prize

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 acknowledgement of the teacher’s role as an academic resource and source of inspiration in stimulating interest in research amongst the youth.