Criteria for the 2021 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 borders
- engage in/with interdisciplinary research
- is a good disseminator
The winner is awarded 2 million NOK (ca. 181 000 EUR/211 000 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. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
The Letten Prize will be awarded in Oslo on September 7, 2021. 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 2023 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.”