Nominations for the Nils Klim Prize

The Nils Klim Prize is awarded to young Nordic scholars under the age of 35 for outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The deadline for nominations for the Nils Klim Prize 2020 is 15 June, 2019. The nomination form is now open.

The Nils Klim Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003 and is awarded annually to a young Nordic scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology, either in a spesific dicipline or through interdisciplinary work. The scholar’s ability to be original and innovative is highly emphasised. It is also considered whether the research contribution in question appears as particularly outstanding or promising in light of the researcher´s age, the nature of the research project and the research tradition of the academic field in question.

The Nils Klim Prize amounts to NOK 500,000 (approximately EUR 50 000 / USD 63,000). The deadline for nominations for the Nils Klim Prize 2020 is 15 June, 2019 and the nomiation form is now open. Please read about the Nomination requirements below before filling out the 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 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 that only documents written in either English or a Nordic language will be part of the candidate evaluation.

Please alos 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.

The nomination form can be found here:

Nomination form - Nils Klim Prize 2020

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 prize winner will be announced in March 2019, and the award ceremony will take place in Bergen, Norway in June 2019.

Contact information

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