Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists 2021

Deadline: 21 July  2021
Open to:
international applicants 
30,000 USD for the grand prize winner and 10,000 USD for each of the category winners


The Prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for outstanding life science research for which he/she was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years.

This Prize was created to recognize that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community and the best and brightest need to be encouraged to continue in their chosen fields of research. The topic of the entrant’s thesis research must be in one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology; Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology approaches; Ecology and​ Environment; Molecular Medicine.


  • The research described in the entrant’s thesis must fall within one of the following categories (Subject Tracks):
    • Cell and Molecular Biology: research in this category includes cellular and molecular processes at levels ranging from single molecule to single cell to tissue and organ systems.
    • Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology approaches: Research in this category focuses on genomics, proteomics, integrative omics and systems biology approaches, including computational, to facilitate comprehensive understanding of living cells, organisms and species.
    • Ecology and Environment: research in this category encompasses interactions between organisms and their environment, and how these processes are influenced by human activity.
    • Molecular Medicine: research in this category aims at building on the molecular understanding of disease in humans to develop preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, including individualized medicine.
  • The prize will only recognize work that was performed while the entrant was a graduate student.
  • The prize will be awarded without regard to sex, race, or nationality.
  • Employees of Science/AAAS, collaborators in the management or sponsorship of this Prize and their relatives, as well as the following are not eligible to enter:
    • Scientists who were Ph.D. students in the groups of any past or present member of the SciLifeLab management group (SciLifeLab Director, Co-Director, Infrastructure Director and Scientific Directors), the Integration Directors, or any member of the SciLifeLab Board.
  • Entrants for the prize must have been awarded their Ph.D. between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019. As a rule, they will only accept submissions once within this time period.


  • A US$ 30,000 for the grand prize winner and US$ 10,000 for each of the category winners.
  • The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the each of the category winners will be published online.

How to apply?

The entrant must submit the following items:

  • A completed Entry Form.
  • An essay, written by the entrant, describing the thesis work and its implications for research in the selected Subject Track. The essay must not exceed 1,000 words in length and may include one figure or table.
  • A one-page reference letter from your advisor or a member of your thesis committee. The letter should include an assessment of the applicant and comment on the significance of the applicant’s research.
  • The abstract of the thesis (not to exceed four double-spaced typed pages).
  • A list of the following:
    • Full citations of all published or in press papers on the research described in the essay;
    • Academic and professional awards and honors that the entrant has received; and
    • Relevant professional experience.

The Entry Form and additional submission materials must be submitted electronically through the prize management system here.

For more information please visit the official website..

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