Nominations for the Nils Klim Prize

The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to a scholar under the age of 35, from a Nordic country, for outstanding contributions to research in the humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The nomination deadline is 15 June each year.

The Nils Klim Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003 and is awarded annually to a young scholar from one of the Nordic countries, who has made an outstanding scholarly work in the humanities, social sciences, law or theologyeither in one of these academic fields or through interdisciplinary work. The scholar’s ability to be original and innovative is highly emphasised. The academic committee that considers the nominations will also into account whether the research contribution is especially outstanding or promising in light of the scholar’s age, the nature of the research project, and traditions in the researcher’s academic field.

The Nils Klim Prize is worth NOK 500,000 (approximately EUR 45 000). The deadline for nominations is 15 June each year. Please read the Nomination requirements below before filling out the online form.

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 of 1000-3000 characters (incl. spaces) stating why the candidate should receive the Prize.
  • 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 that only documents written in either English or a Nordic language will be part of the candidate evaluation.

Please also note the following restrictions:

  • Candidates must be under the age of 35 when the nomination deadline expires (15 June). Time spent on parental leave and sick leave can be deducted. Please note that the nominator is not required to provide sensitive information about the candidates, such as medical records or documentation regarding personal life. In cases of doubt, the secretariat will be responsible for obtaining the necessary information.
  • The candidate must be a citizen of a Nordic country.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominations are strictly confidential and should not be disclosed to the nominee or to others at any time.

The nomination form

The nomination deadline for the 2022 Nils Klim Prize is 15 June, 2021.

Nomination form

Selection Process

The Prize is awarded by the Holberg Board at the recommendation of the Nils Klim Committee, which consists of renowned Nordic scholars in the relevant research fields. The Laureate will be announced in March 2021, and the award ceremony will take place in Bergen, Norway during the Holberg Week, early June the same year.

Contact information

If you have any questions or experience technical difficulties with the nomination form, please contact