Apply for Skolar Award

The application period for Skolar Award 2017 has ended. Thank you for applying!


Timeline 2017

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

Who can apply?

The competition is open for postdoctoral researchers who have completed their doctoral thesis no more than five years ago (maternity and paternity leaves excluded). Skolar Award warmly welcomes postdocs from all research fields and all corners of the world. You can apply as an individual researcher or as a research team.

“Skolar Award gave me a lot of confidence and helped me take a huge step forward in my career.”

Virpi Virjamo, biologist & Skolar Award 2016 winner

Application criteria

Skolar Award is looking for ideas that are socially relevant, novel, unique and courageous. Convince us, surprise us and don’t be afraid to aim high!


All received applications will go through an initial check-up, where the authenticity of the applicants’ ideas and universities is verified. The applications that pass the first inspection will go through a pre-jury that will choose the finalists. The finalists’ ideas will be evaluated by the main jury at Slush. We’re in the process of forming this year’s jury. Check out the jury here!