Criteria

Criteria for the 2023 Letten Prize

The Letten Prize is awarded every other year to one young researcher who:

      • conducts research aimed at addressing 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. That means that you must be under the age of 45 in 2023.
        [see note 1 for exceptions]

In addition, it is desirable that the researcher:

      • has conducted research which has impact across national borders
      • engage in/with interdisciplinary research
      • is a good disseminator

Researchers within all disciplines and of all nationalities are encouraged apply for the prize.

The winner is awarded 2,5 million NOK (ca. 240 000 EUR/235 000 USD) of which ¼ is for personal use and ¾ is to be used for research activities.

The Letten Prize Committee will value candidates’ future research potential. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

The Letten Prize will be awarded in Oslo on September 7, 2023.  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 2025 Letten Prize award.

Applications which are incomplete, have arrived after the deadline or that do not comply with the criteria will not be considered.

Deadline for applying: February 6th, 2023.

The winner will be notified by phone and email. The information is confidential until the Letten Prize announcement, April 2023.

The final decision cannot be challenged.

Note [1]

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.”

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