A rather special prize will be awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, this December

Published: 2013-09-30


The journal Science and SciLifeLab have come together to recognize excellence amongst young researchers. The Science and SciLifeLab Prize is a global prize established to celebrate and support young scientists at the start of their career.

The grand prize winner of this global award will have his/her essay published in the journal Science and receive a prize of $25,000. The three runners up will receive a combined total of an additional $10,000 in prize money and be published online.

Award Ceremony: Stockholm, Sweden, December 2013

The awards ceremony for this new prize will be held in December 2013. The prize winners will travel to Sweden and spend four days in Stockholm and Uppsala as guests of SciLifeLab and Science. The award ceremony itself will be held Monday December 9th in the famous Hall of Mirrors at the Grand Hotel, the location for the first Nobel Prize ceremony December 10th back in 1901. Apart from the ceremony itself the winners will visit the facilities of SciLifeLab, in both Uppsala and Stockholm, as well as present their winning essays. During their four day visit they will also meet many of Sweden’s most renown scientists within life sciences.

The Focus of the Prize

To enter the contest, applicants must be recent Ph.D. graduates (awarded between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012), and they will have submitted a 1000 word essay, in English, on their thesis. The essay is highlighting the significance of the thesis contribution and overall implications in their field. There are four submission areas for the prize:

(1) Genomics / Proteomics / Systems Biology

(2) Developmental Biology

(3) Molecular and Cellular Biology

(4) Environmental Life Science

The deadline for submissions this year was August 15, 2013. The next Science and SciLifeLab Prize will be awarded in 2014.

The essays are being judged by an independent editorial board, from the journal Science, who will be reviewing all applications. Winners will be announced in the December 6th edition of Science and the grand prize winner’s essay will also be published in that week’s edition.

Read more about the competition

About The Prize Sponsors

For over 130 years the journal Science has been the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news and commentary.

SciLifeLab is a collaboration between four universities in Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden,
 and is a center for large-scale molecular biosciences with a focus on health and environmental research.

The Science and SciLifeLab prize is also made possible by the kind support of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.