Postdoc, go wild! Apply now for a €100K prize.

Skolar Award is a research pitching competition for postdocs held at  Slush, Helsinki, on Dec 5th 2018. The call for applications is open from May 15th until September 17th 2018. Go for it!


€100K for a postdoc’s groundbreaking research idea.

Skolar Award is a lighter and wilder option for traditional research funding. No lengthy research plans, just an application and a pitch. The competition is for postdocs all around the world, representing all fields of research.


The talented young finalists will get together and prep for the finals during the months before Slush. Check out the important dates here:

May 15
Application period begins

September 17
Application period ends

October 10
Finalists will be revealed

October 31
Skolar Award kickoff for
(Skype session)

November 14-15
Individual sparring and pitching training (Skype / location announced later)

December 2-3
Bootcamp and dress rehearsal

December 5
The Skolar Award pitching final at SLUSH

“Slush gives you the opportunity to really think about the importance of your research.”

Vincenzo Cerullo, Virus Researcher & Skolar Award Finalist 2015


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