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The 2015 Nomination Round Now Closed


The website of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science is undergoing major update which is why it only operates in the current, restricted form. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. 

We would like to use this opportunity to introduce a new book entitled: Johan Skytte, his donation in 1622 and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science written by Nils-Axel Mörner and Li Bennich-Björkman (2014). Click here for more information on how to get hold of a digital or hard copy. 






  The Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

The Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University has established an annual prize, The Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, to the scholar who in the view of the Foundation has made the most valuable contribution to Political Science. Research in all areas of the discipline is considered: political theory, comparative politics, public administration and international relations. The prize consists of a medal and an award of approximately 50.000 EUR.

After international nominations each year (deadline for this year is December 19, 2014) the candidates are evaluated by the Prize Committee. The decision is then made in early April by the Board of the Foundation (Nils-Axel Mörner, patron and chairman, Li Bennich-Björkman, vice chair, Jonas Mörner, secretary, Anders Barth, treasurer, Jacob Lagercrantz and Anders Hallberg).

Johan Skytte 

Johan Skytte (1577-1645) was a leading politician in 17th century Swedish political life: a scholar, skilled in Latin and a master of eloquence, the prince's teacher, member of the government, governor, diplomat and a great land owner. 

The Chair, established to provide for the education of higher civil servants, was his gift as University Chancellor to Uppsala University. The Johan Skytte chair in Eloquence and Government was founded in 1622 and is today one of the oldest professorships in the world. The farms that were part of the initial donation still help to finance research, including the Prize.

Skytteanum & Department of Government 

The Johan Skytte house in Uppsala, the originally medieval building called the Skytteanum, is still used by the Department of Government and the Johan Skytte Professor has his/her residence in the building. Li Bennich-Björkman is the 21st Professor Skytteanus and the first woman to ever hold the chair.

Click here to read more about Prof. Li Bennich-Björkman (website under construction). 

The Department of Government offers BA-, MA-, and PhD degrees in Political Science and Development Studies. It has about 1000 undergraduate students, 40 PhD-candidates, 15 professors and an additional staff of 25 persons. Four to five PhD theses are presented every year. The Department is mainly research-oriented: two thirds of the budget covers research, one third education.

Click here to read more about the Department of Government.


Portrait of Johan Skytte by Jacob Henrik Elbfas (1600-1664), oil on canvas, 200 x 120 cm.
Photo: Uppsala University Art Collection