The Holberg Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament 1 July 2003, and was awarded for the first time in 2004.The objective of the prize is to increase awareness of the value of academic scholarship in the arts,humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The Prize has a money value of NOK 6 000,000 (approx. EUR 617,000 / USD 760,000). The Prize is named after the Danish-Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg, who excelled in all of the sciences covered by the award.
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The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology, either in one of these fields or through interdisciplinary work.
The main purpose of the Holberg Prize is to recognize path breaking scientific work in the humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The prize may be awarded both for work within a particular academic discipline and for work of a cross disciplinary nature. The prize shall in addition contribute to raising the status of these disciplines in society and to stimulating interest in these fields among children and young people.