The application period is closed.

The application period for Skolar Award is closed on 17th of September at 12:00 PM (noon) (GMT +03:00 Finland, Europe). The finalists will be revealed on this website on 10th of October.

Who can apply?

The competition is open for postdoctoral researchers who have completed their doctoral degree 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. The competition is open to both basic research and applied research but focuses on research ideas and not business ideas.

The application criteria

Skolar Award is looking for ideas that are are aiming for impact and that are new, unique and wild.
Convince us, surprise us and don’t be afraid to aim high! Click here to apply.

The evaluation process

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 initial inspection will go through a pre-jury that consists of academic professionals from different fields. The applications will be reviewed by jury members from their field.

The chosen applications will proceed from the pre-jury to the final jury. The final pitches will be evaluated by the jury at Slush on December 5th.

Read about the jury members here.

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

Virpi Virjamo, Skolar Award winner 2016