Research that transforms you.

Skolar Award is a science pitching competition for postdocs held at  Slush, Helsinki, on Dec 1st 2017. Get to know the winner of Skolar Award 2017  here

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

Skolar Award is a lighter option for traditional research funding processes. 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:

August 25
Application period begins

October 1
Application period ends

October 16
Finalists will be revealed

November 2
Skolar Award kickoff for
(Skype session)

November 9–10
Individual sparring and pitching training (Skype / location announced later)

November 28–29
Get-together and dress rehearsal

December 1
The Skolar Award pitching final

“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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A huge crowd, an impressive stage and ten excellent pitches – let’s take a look at what happened during the Skolar Award 2017 finals at Slush.

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5 tips for pitching your research idea like a winner


Keep your pitch compact and present it with confidence, says Skolar Award 2016 winner Virpi Virjamo.

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Skolar Award alumnus Juha Koivisto recently received a quarter million euro research grant – and his experience at Slush played an important role in bagging it.

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Skolar Award 2016 gave Virpi Virjamo a boost of confidence and made her realize the importance of her work during a time when research funding is difficult to obtain.

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