The Letten Foundation has taken the initiative to establish a prize for young researchers working within the fields of health, environment, development and equality in all aspects of human life. In late 2017 the foundation entered into a partnership with the Young Academy of Norway.
The Letten Prize is a collaboration between the Letten Foundation and The Young Academy of Norway. The prize of 2 mill NOK (ca. 215 000 EUR/260 000 USD) will be awarded biannually. The first prize is set to be awarded in 2018.
The purpose of the prize ‘is to recognize younger researchers’ contributions in the fields of health, development, environment and equality in all aspects of human life’. Furthermore, ‘the prize aims to raise public awareness of how research can be used to solve global human development challenges’. The Letten Seminar, hosted in connection with the prize ceremony, is dedicated to the latter.
The Letten Prize is awarded every other year to one young researcher who:
- conducts research aimed at solving global challenges within the fields of health, development, environment and equality in all aspects of human life
- has conducted excellent research of great societal relevance
- is under 45 years old the year when the prize is awarded [see note 1 for details]
In addition, it is desirable that the researcher:
- has conducted research which has impact across national boarders
- engage in/with interdisciplinary research
- is a good disseminator
The winner is awarded 2 million NOK (ca. 215 000 EUR/260 000 USD) of which ¼ is for personal usage and ¾ is to be used for research activities.
The Letten Prize Committee will emphasise candidates’ future research potential. Short-listed candidates are invited to a digital interview in late June/early July. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
The Letten Prize will be awarded in Oslo on September 13, 2018. The candidate’s travel costs will be covered.
Candidates apply themselves by following the application guidelines outlined in the application form below.
The winner is obliged to:
- provide a written report on research activities the award has enabled
- give the “Letten Lecture” presenting the results of the research during an event in connection with the 2020 Letten Prize award.
Applications which are incomplete, have arrived after the deadline or that do not comply with the criteria will not be considered.
The winner will be notified by phone and email. The information is confidential until the Letten Prize is awarded.
The committee’s decision cannot be challenged.
Adjustment of the age criteria follows the standards of ERC: “For maternity, the effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD will be considered reduced by 18 months or if longer by the documented amount of leave actually taken for each child born before or after the PhD award. For paternity, the effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD will be considered reduced by the documented amount of paternity leave actually taken for each child born before or after the PhD award.”
Applicants are to download and fill out the application form below. Please note that a complete application also includes the attachments described in the application form. Applicants are to combine all the documents into a single PDF document and send the file via e-mail to email@example.com.
Download the application form: ApplicationForm-TheLettenPrize-2018
Deadline: 31 May 2018 @ 17.00 (5PM) CEST
Apply by emailing the application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org