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2015 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize

The Holberg and the Nils Klim prize are awarded annually. This year they will be awarded tomorrow, Thursday 12.03.2015, and you can attend!

5 Reasons to see the Holberg and Nils Klim Prize Ceremony tomorrow:

5. In 2003 the Norwegian government created the Holberg Prize in order to highlight the value of academic scholarship within arts, humanities, social sciences, law and theology. If you are among the many students in these disciplines, or a student that appreciates the body of knowledge contained in them, you can support your fellow scholars by attending. Maybe someday you will be among the honored prize-winners!

Speaking of winning the Holberg Prize, here’s a video of last year’s winner, Michael Cook, a leading expert on Islamic history and religion:



4. The Holberg Prize, awarded annually to a scholar recognized for outstanding achievements within the arts, social sciences, humanities, law or theology, has been deemed by some as “a Nobel prize of the social sciences”. For 2015 the prize will be 4.5 million NOK (~538,000 EUR / 735,000 USD). As a (quite possibly) broke student, you can fantasize about the advances you would make in your field with that impressive amount of NOK.



The Holberg Committee discussing the nominations for the Holberg Prize 2015. From left: Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Etan Kohlberg, Mary Jacobus (chair), Ivar Bleiklie (Director the Holberg Prize), Dame Hazel Genn. Photo: Solveig Stornes.


3. Come to hear Sigmund Grønmo, former rector of UiB and Holberg Prize Board leader, as well as UiB’s current rector, Dag Rune Olsen, speak at the event.


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Photo: Aren Ristesund. Site:



2. Support young Nordic researchers, too! The Nils Klim Prize (250,000 NOK, or ~30,000 EUR /41,000 USD) is awarded to a researcher under 35, for outstanding contributions in humanities, social sciences, law or theology. 2014’s winner, Terje Lohndal, a linguist,  is the youngest person ever to receive the Nils Klim Prize. Read more about Terje Lohndal here.



Photo: NTNU / Mentz Indregaard


1. The ceremony is free and open to the public… did I mention it has been likened to the Nobel prize but for social sciences?



Holbergprisens styreleder,Sigmund Grønmo, ved kunngjøringen for Holbergprisen 2013 på Det akademiske kvarter. Photo: Kim Andreasssen Copyright: Holbergprisen


Ready to join?

The ceremony will be held in the Library of Humanities at the University of Bergen at 09:00 CET.

Can’t make it out of the house tomorrow, or currently outside of Bergen?

Watch the ceremony live from the comfort of your own home, available starting at 08:50 CET here:



Michael Cook and Terje Lohndal with their 2014 prizes. Photo: Holbergprisen / Marit Hommedal Site:



Do you have another good reason to attend? Are you planning on attending or did you go already? Comment below!


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