2018 Letten Prize for Young Researchers


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.

Criteria for the 2018 Letten Prize

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.

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.

Closing date: 31 May 2018

Apply here!