The Holberg Committee

The Holberg Committee consists of internationally renowned scholars within the disciplines of the prize and is responsible for the scholarly assessment of the nominations. The Committee presents their recommendation to the Holberg Board, who appoints the award winner.

  • Graeme Turner portraitGraeme Turner (Chair)
    Professor emeritus of Cultural Studies, University of Queensland

  • Mary Beard PortraitMary Beard
    Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature
  • David Nirenberg portrait UC David Nirenberg
    Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, University of Chicago
  • Heike Krieger portraitHeike Krieger
    Professor of Public Law and International Law at Freie Universität Berlin and Max Planck Fellow.
  • Maurice Crul_portraitMaurice Crul
    Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Cui Zhiyuan portraitCui Zhiyuan
    Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University (on temporary leave)

About the Committee

The Holberg Committee meets twice. At the first meeting, in early fall, they choose a shortlist from the nominations. Following the first meeting referees with in-depth knowledge of the candidates are asked to write assessments on the candidates' work. In most cases the committee obtains 3-4 such assessments for each shortlist candidate to support their further deliberations. Suggestions for potential referees are part of the nominations.

The second Committee meeting is normally held in late February / early March. At this meeting the Holberg Committee decide on their recommendation for a prize winner. The Holberg Board appoints the Holberg Prize Laureate based on the committee's recommendation.

How members of the Holberg Committee are chosen

Members of the Holberg Committee is chosen by the board of the Holberg Prize. Committee members are elected for an initial period of three years, with the possibility of one additional period.

A procedure is established in which the Holberg Prize Secretariat invites academies ad leading research institutions internationally to nominate potential committee members. In addition to scholarly and institutional achievements, variation in geography and academic fields are also important criteria for the selection process.

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