How to apply

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

Applicants are to submit a 1000-word essay that is judged by an independent editorial team organized by the journal Science. Essays are judged on the quality of research and the applicants’ ability to articulate how their work would contribute to the scientific field. This year’s application period is March 15 – July 15, 2021.

Who can apply

Entrants for the 2021 prize must have been awarded their Ph.D. between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020. As a rule, we will only accept submissions once within this time period


  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology Approaches
  • Ecology and​ Environment
  • Molecular Medicine

For more information about the rules of eligibility, entry procedures and selection of winners head to the Science website.