Apply for Borealis International Student Innovation Award – Win up to EUR 5,000

Apply for Borealis International Student Innovation Award – Win up to EUR 5,000

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Applications are now invited for the Borealis Student Innovation Award, an international competition for students from all over the world. Following Borealis’ trailblazing mission of value creation through innovation, our award aims to recognise your innovative thinking and pioneering solutions. The award recognises and rewards the three most innovative thesis research papers (one for a bachelor’s degree graduate, one for a master’s degree graduate and one for a doctorate degree graduate).

Focus Areas

The thesis work shall focus on one of the following research areas:

  • Polyolefin catalysts
  • Olefin and polyolefin processes
  • Polyolefin polymer properties
  • Enhanced olefin analysis and polyolefin characterisation methods
  • Polyolefin applications
  • Sustainability in or with polyolefins or base chemicals
  • Discoveries in the polyolefin world that have a practical relevance for society
  • Base chemical processes (ammonia, nitric acid, fertilizer, urea, melamine, phenol)


  • The Borealis Student Innovation Award consists of
    • certificate,
    • trip to Linz, Austria
    • a unique networking opportunity
    • EUR 5,000 for the doctorate degree graduate awardee
    • EUR 2,000 for the master’s degree graduate awardee
    • EUR 1,000 for the bachelor’s degree graduate awardee.
  • The winners will also have the opportunity to attend Borealis researcher days and discuss their ideas with members of the Borealis research team.
  • Three awardees will be asked to present their theses during the annual Borealis Innovation Day event taking place in Linz, Austria on January 22, 2015.


  • Graduates in the area of sustainability, chemistry, polymer chemistry, polymer science, polymer analytic, technical chemistry, mechanical and industrial engineering or applications with a particular focus on polyolefins, olefins or base chemicals.
  • Your thesis should not be more than two years old and must be finalised by the end of October to receive the award the following year in January.

How to Apply

The Borealis Student Innovation Award application must be in English and consist of the two parts listed below. The application period begins May 1, 2014 and the deadline is October 31, 2014.

  • A maximum two-page abstract on your thesis
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV) – maximum two pages
  • Name and contact information of supervising professor

For more information, visit Borealis Student Innovation Award.