Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2024

Deadline Date: June 25, 2024

 Donor Name: Breakthrough Prize Foundation

 Grant Size: $100,000 to $500,000

Applications are now open for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge an annual, global science video competition for high-school students.

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos (2:00 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The Challenge is organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and was founded by Julia and Yuri Milner as part of their Giving Pledge to support science and the communication of scientific ideas.

Prize Information

  • Post-secondary scholarship
    • $250,000
  • Prize for your teacher
    • $50,000
  • Breakthrough Science Lab
    • $100,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals between the ages of 13 and 18 may participate. 
  • You must be 13 years of age by April 1, 2024 at 12:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time (”PDT”) to participate in the Competition, and You cannot be older than 18 years of age (not yet 19) on October 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM PDT. 
  • If You are a minor, You must have Your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter and Your parent or legal guardian must agree, on Your behalf and on his or her own behalf, to follow and be bound by these rules and warrant that you are eligible to participate in the Competition. 
  • Entries are limited to individuals only

Ineligibility Criteria

  • If you reside in any country or region that is subject to comprehensive U.S. economic sanctions or are otherwise an individual with which U.S. persons cannot transact under U.S. law, you are not eligible to enter the contest. 
  • Commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible. 
  • Group submissions are not eligible. 
  • Any donor, director, officer, employee, contractor to or of Competition Sponsor, members of the Evaluation Panel, members of the Selection Committee and any of the foregoing’s family members or those living in the same household are prohibited from entering the Competition. 
  • A “family member” of any individual means his or her spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of his or her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
  • Additionally, any individual who is the owner of more than 20 percent of
    • the total combined voting power of a corporation, 
    • the profits interest of a partnership or 
    • the beneficial interest of a trust or unincorporated enterprise which is a substantial contributor to the Competition Sponsor is prohibited from entering the Competition. 

For more information, visit Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

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