About the Junior Researchers Project

The Junior Researchers Project is a nationwide offer to students in the four upper-secondary education programmes: the higher preparatory exam programme (HF), the higher commercial exam programme (HHX), the higher technical exam programme ((HTX) and the upper-secondary-school programme (STX). The project is mainly aimed at students in the second year of the upper-secondary-school programme (STX) or the first year of the higher preparatory exam programme (HF) who have a lot of extra academic resources.

The Junior Researchers Project gives the participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in a certain subject and prepare a proposal for a research project. They can carry out projects in any academic subject area they choose within the humanities, natural sciences, social science, or health sciences. See description of previous projects here .


The Junior Researchers Project is a competition with a timeframe of one year. The junior researchers submit a synopsis for a research project at the end of October. A panel of judges select the three best projects in each category: humanities, natural sciences, social science and health sciences. The 12 nominated projects are presented at a final seminar in December, where a winner in each of the four categories will be selected as junior researchers of the year. The winners will be announced individually by the Minister for Education and the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, and will receive DKK 20,000 each to complete their projects.

Get an overview of the Junior Researchers Project's timeframe .


During the course of their research project, all the junior researchers meet at two common events to enable them to form networks across the upper-secondary schools. One of these events is a two-day meeting in Copenhagen, during which the junior researchers get acquainted with the university and with the world of academic research. During this general meeting, they will have an opportunity to visit the faculties/departments that work with their research areas. The students will also hear several presentations by researchers and get inspiration for how to work on an academic project. In September, they all meet again in Aarhus. Here the focus is on the individual junior researchers’ projects: their original ideas are improved and given more focus in collaboration with supervisors and presenters.