Queen Silvia Nursing Award is a scholarship for nursing students in Sweden and Finland, founded in 2013 as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden on her 70th birthday. Swedish Care International founded the scholarship with the intention and purpose to increase awareness of and focus on good care of elderly and dementia patients. We chose nursing students as recipients of the scholarship with the goal to find driven people with ideas, not impacted by convention, but creative and with different perspectives.

We ask participants to apply for the scholarship by submitting ideas, which could be products, services, processes or similar. The criteria is that the idea in some way improve the care of elderly and/or dementia patients.

Process and execution

The application period runs from  September to mid November. Applications are managed through a crowdsourcing system developed by Innopinion Oy in Finland. The students don’t only have to apply with there ideas, but are also encouraged to rate and comment ideas from other applicants. Using an algorithm the most popular and viable ideas climb through the ranking and is used as a base for the jury (made up by executives in related industries and
representatives from our partners).

Results and evaluation

In it’s first year in Sweden the scholarship attracted more than 330 applications from all nursing schools in the country – 22 in total. Furthermore, there were more than 3 000 activities in form of ranking and comments, made by the students in the system. Of the original applications, 65 where moved on to the next level and subsequently became six finalists.


Previous fellows of Queen Silvia Nursing Award

In 2015, the scholars of  Queen Silvia Nursing Award was Pernilla Rönntoft from University of Gothernburg in Sweden and Elias Kallio from the Tampere university of Applied Sciences in Finland.

The winners of Queen Silvia Nursing Award 2014 is Emilia Engman, 27 years old from The Red Cross University College in Stockholm and Laura Virtanen from the Metropolia Academy of Applied Science.

In 2013 Hanna Davidsson was the first person to receive the award from the hand of H.M. Queen Silvia and was subsequently rewarded with 50 000 SEK (6 000 EUR) as well as with a six months internship with the Queen Silvia Nursing Award partners in Sweden and around the world. She was chosen as the recipient of the scholarship for her idea to create an online community with educeive an award from the hand of H.M. Queen Silvia.

International expansion

After evaluating the number of participants and the attention from media, partners and other stakeholders Swedish Care International decided to continue developing Queen Silvia Nursing Award in Sweden. In addition to this we launched the scholarship in Finland in 2014 and we are launching the scholarship in Poland this year. During the next award ceremony in early 2016 we will have scholars from 3 countries to receive the award.


Gustav Bramberg, Project Manager

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