The Holberg Prize Announces Two Journalist Grants

Publisert 29.03.2019
Two journalists will be invited to attend the Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize Award Ceremony, as well as Academic Celebrations in Bergen and Oslo, Norway

The Holberg Prize is pleased to announce two journalist grants to attend the Award Ceremony for the 2019 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize, as well as related events that will take place in Bergen and Oslo, Norway, from the 3rd to the 6th of June, 2019. The two recipients of the grants will be guests of the Holberg Prize and the University of Bergen and will be invited to all the events, including the Award Ceremony and the Government Banquet on 5 June.

The grants cover travel expenses, hotel accommodation, and meals. An interview with the Holberg Laureate and/or the Nils Klim Laureate may be arranged if requested. The recipients will be selected by an independent evaluation committee.

The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The Prize is worth NOK 6 million (approx. USD 700,000).

The Holberg Board has decided to award the 2019 Holberg Prize to British cultural historian Paul Gilroy for his outstanding contributions to a number of academic fields, including cultural studies, critical race studies, sociology, history, anthropology and African-American studies. Dr. Gilroy is Professor of American and English Literature at King’s College London, and he is one of the most well-known researchers and public intellectuals in the UK today.

The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to a Nordic researcher under the age of 35 who has made an outstanding contribution to research in the fields covered by the Holberg Prize. The Prize is worth NOK 500,000 (approx. EUR 50,000).

The Holberg Board has decided to award the 2019 Nils Klim Prize to Icelandic-Swedish philosopher Finnur Dellsén for his research in epistemology and the philosophy of science. Dellsén is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Iceland. His research focus includes the conditions of understanding and the nature of acceptance of scientific explanations.

The Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize will both be conferred during a ceremony in the University Aula in Bergen on 5 June, 2019.

Visit the Holberg Prize website for more information on the Prizes, the Laureates and the Holberg Week events.

The grants

  • The Holberg Prize will cover travel and accommodation expenses, as well as meals.
  • The journalists will be invited to attend the Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize Award Ceremony, and the Government Banquet, on 5 June, as well as all other events during the Holberg Week.
  • An interview with the Holberg Laureate or the Nils Klim Laureate, respectively, and/or other prominent speakers at the academic events may be arranged. Please indicate which Laureate would be of primary interest.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received no later than Sunday 28 April, 2019.

Eligibility

All journalists may apply. It is preferable that the applicant has experience in covering issues related to one or more of the academic fields covered by the Holberg Prize.

Selection committee and decision

The Holberg Prize administers the competition, while an independent evaluation committee is responsible for selectiing the grant recipients. The committee will select the two journalists on the basis of their letters of application and documented experience.

How to apply

A letter of applications and a CV should be sent electronically to media@holbergprisen.noAs subject headline, please write “The Holberg Prize: Journalist grant” or “The Nils Klim Prize: Journalist grant.”

The Holberg Prize reserves the right to cancel the grants in the event that there should be a lack of qualified applicants.