What is Skolar Award?

Skolar Award is a research pitching competition for ambitious postdoc researchers organised in collaboration with Slush. The prize is 100 000 euros to be put in your research! The application period is open until September 17th. The finals take place at Slush on the 5th of December.

Though there’s only one winner for the 100 000 euro prize, all the finalists will receive a unique training that will help you pitch your research anywhere! You will get:

  • Free pitching training from communications professionals.
  • A world-class academic jury to review your work.
  • Feedback from the jury.
  • Inspiring coaching sessions and events to boost your confidence and networking skills during the Slush week in Helsinki.
  • A ticket to Slush for the day of the finals and a chance to network with investors.
  • Free accommodation and dinner with other finalists in Helsinki.
  • A community of likeminded researchers to last a lifetime.

Why does Skolar Award exist?

Skolar Award is a non-profit project with the aim to support research with an impact. The idea of Skolar Award is to support brilliant postdocs get funding for their wild and ambitious ideas.

Skolar Award is organized in collaboration with Slush. We want to encourage researchers to show their brilliant ideas to the bigger audience and find new potential for collaboration within the sizzling Slush audience.

Timeline 2018

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



Application period begins



Application period ends



Finalists will be revealed



Skolar Award kickoff for finalists (live/video)



Individual coaching sessions (live/video)



Bootcamp and dress rehearsal in Helsinki



The Skolar Award pitching final at Slush

Skolar Award is organised by

… Helsinki-based science and research communications agency Kaskas Media in collaboration with Slush, the biggest startup event in the Nordics. Meet the team.

The 100 000 euro grant is jointly funded by Foundation for Economic Education, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, The Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation, The Paulo Foundation, The Runar Bäckström Foundation, Saastamoinen Foundation and Walter Ahlström Foundation. Read more about the funding partners of 2018 on our partners page.

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Why postdocs?

Skolar Award was founded and developed during a time when European research funding has been cut heavily. Those cuts affect postdocs the most, because they are at the very start of their careers. Skolar Award aims to help postdoctoral researchers kickoff their careers and develop courage to explore ideas that are outside the box.

“Skolar Award was a very special experience with a nice team spirit.”

Svante Henriksson, Skolar Award 2017 finalist