Volvo Environment Prize 2019

Deadline: 10 January 2019
Open to: anyone in the filed of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives
Award: 165,000 EUR


The Volvo Environment Prize is an independent Foundation instituted in 1988 with the purpose of rewarding outstanding scientific discoveries or innovations which in broad terms fall within the environmental field.

The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation has appointed a Scientific Committee headed by Professor Carl Folke. The Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates, which are then presented to the International Prize Jury headed by Professor Will Steffen.

The International Prize Jury has the responsibility for selecting a laureate (or laureates) for recommendation to the Board of the Foundation.

A Steering Committee is responsible for the continuous development of the Prize as well as financing and executive decisions.

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded by an independent foundation. A Scientific Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates. The International Prize Jury, a group of internationally renowned scientists, makes the final selection of prize laureate.


  • Anyone can nominate a person for the Volvo Environment;
  • Nominees should come from a field of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives;
  • The span of disciplines and activities for which nominations can be made is wide and includes all disciplines which relevance to the environment;
  • The research of nominees should be based on scientific grounds but must clearly show impact outside of the specific discipline;

Please note that self-nominations are not accepted.


  • The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded annually;
  • The Prize consists of a hand-crafted diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award for SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 165,000 or USD 215,000);
  • The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November each year.

How to Apply?

  1. A short letter of motivation;
  2. A detailed description of the research the nominee has conducted and how it adds to our knowledge of environmental science. Main achievements and their importance should be emphasized;
    Emphasis must also be placed on the impacts of the research outside of the particular discipline e.g. impacts on policy development, impacts on sustainability and/or contribution to changed behavior;
  3. CV of the nominee + list of published paper/s and links if available;
  4. Letter/s of reference. Maximum 3 letters written by someone other than the nominator;
  5. Nominations should be submitted in English. When not feasible, please contact the secretariat;
  6. When submitting nominations for a group of named individuals please send one nomination for each person (maximum 3 persons) and specify in the description of achievements that the nomination is for a shared prize;
  7. A nomination remains valid for three years;

For more information please visit the official website.