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The Prize

"To celebrate most significant contributions to political science"

The Johan Skytte Prize is an annual award recognizing scholars who have made exceptional contributions to political science. The prize includes a monetary reward of 500,000 Swedish crowns and a medal. It is formally presented biennially during a traditional ceremony held in Uppsala.

Banquet at Uppsala Castle 2022


The conferment ceremony for the prize is held biennially in Uppsala. The 2024 Johan Skytte Prize conferment ceremony will be held on September 14, 2024.


The festivities kick off on Friday with the prize winner lecture at the Department of Government: the seat of the Johan Skytte chair. In the evening, the Johan Skytte Foundation hosts a dinner, attended by the prize laureates, the Prize Committee, and other guests.


Saturday is the highlight of the festivities, beginning in the afternoon with a wreath-laying at Johan Skytte's tomb in Uppsala Cathedral. Following this, the prize award ceremony is held at the University's Main Building, open to all. The day culminates with the Skytte banquet, a formal dinner at Uppsala Castle.


The celebrations conclude on Sunday with an excursion arranged by the Skytte Foundation, guided by its patron, Count Jonas Mörner. This outing takes the laureates and invited guests on a visit to the picturesque Grönsöö Castle, situated by lake Mälaren and originally built by Johan Skytte himself. Currently, the von Ehrenheim family resides in the castle.

Prize ceremony at Aula Magna 2022

Prize Committee

Li Bennich-Björkman.

Li Bennich-Björkman

Johan Skytte Professor in Political Science and Eloquence, Uppsala University, chair

Jan Teorell

Jan Teorell

Lars Johan Hierta Professor of Political Science,

Stockholm University


Piret Ehin

Professor of Comparative Politics,

Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

Lise Rakner

Lise Rakner

Professor, University of Bergen

Maurizio Ferrera

Maurizio Ferrera

Professor, Università degli studi di Milano

Kimberly Hutchings

Kimberly Hutchings

Professor of Politics and International Relations,

Queen Mary University of London

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