The Queen Silvia Nursing Award is a scholarship for nurses founded in 2013 by Swedish Care International and the Forum For Elderly Care as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden in honour of Her Majesty’s many years of commitment to the quality of care and nursing for the elderly and people with a dementia diagnosis.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide nurses with an opportunity to create something that goes beyond their already valuable work; to give them a platform on which to discuss, innovate and share their ideas and hopes for the future of the nursing profession. The focus of the award is to generate ideas that will improve the care of the elderly as well as benefit people with a dementia diagnosis. At the same time the scholarship aims to raise awareness about the nursing profession and the valuable work nurses have in society at large.

With our world’s rapidly ageing population, the nursing profession is faced with greater challenges than ever before. In order to sufficiently and qualitatively address this demand, the nursing profession not only needs highly skilled professionals, but also innovative and creative thinkers.

The recipients of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award are rewarded with a scholarship of Euros 6 000, in addition to a unique and individually tailored internship program. During the internship the scholar has an opportunity to learn about healthcare and the care of the elderly from various perspectives. Nurses can apply for the scholarship by submitting ideas, which could be products, services, processes or similar. The criteria is that the idea in some way improves the care of the elderly and/or dementia patients.


To learn more about the award or to apply in your country, please visit our national pages.


The scholarship was launched in Finland in 2014, with Main Partners Konstsamfundet and Attendo Finland as of 2020.


The scholarship was launched in 2013 and is supported by a partner group led by Swedish Care International.


The scholarship was launched in 2016 and is supported by a partner group led by Medicover Foundation.


The scholarship was launched in 2017 and is supported by a partner group led by Förderverein Anna Wassenberg.



The scholarship is now available for all Lithuanian nursing talent, spearheaded by Main Country Partner, Addere Care


The University of Washington School of Nursing will make the scholarship available for its alumni and current nursing students.


Each year we publish an eBook with the best ideas from each country to help spread good initiatives.


H.M. The Queen speaks about the scholarship.


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