The Queen Silvia Nursing Award is a scholarship that is given annually to nursing students in Sweden, Finland, Poland and Germany. The scholarship was established in Sweden in 2013 as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Silvia. The first scholar was announced in Sweden on the Queen’s birthday on 23rd of December 2013.

The recipient of Queen Silvia Nursing Award is rewarded with a scholarship of Euros 6 000 in addition to a unique, individually tailored internship program. During the internship the scholar has an opportunity to learn about healthcare and care of the elderly from various perspectives. 



The purpose of Queen Silvia Nursing Award is to contribute to meeting one of the greatest future challenges by promoting competence and new ideas related to good and sustainable care of the elderly all over the world. As competent professionals are the key to meeting future needs related to the ageing population, the goal is to increase students’ interest in the field of elderly care and its development.

Queen Silvia Nursing Award aims to

  • encourage the exchange of ideas and dialogue concerning future development possibilities in elderly and dementia care
  • develop leadership and professional competence in the healthcare profession
  • lift the attractiveness of the nursing education and the nursing profession
  • promote the role of nurses, and their future opportunities working with the elderly



The past four years of Queen Silvia Nursing awards have been filled with exciting developments, creative expressions and new ideas. The visions and ambitions for the award were set with high expectations, but many applicants have greatly exceeded those initial mileposts. This successful progression shows that our partnerships have not only extended to other areas of the world geographically, but that we have also reached wider audiences and more medical students.


In 2013 the award was initiated on Her Majesty the Queens birthday, the 23rd of December 2013. The first pilot-project year relied on finding ways to drive steady and successful progress and interest. Over 3,000 online activities were generated by the 135 applicants who produced 334 original ideas. Additionally, the scholarship also received great media coverage during its first year, and was featured in Vårdfokus and Dagens Medicin.


During the second year of the scholarship, activities intensified with over 44,000 registered activities in Finland and Sweden. The scholarship was launched in Finland in 2014 in hopes of taking the first steps to becoming an international scholarship. It also received endorsement from the then Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Ms. Paula Risikko. That year the scholarship received 505 applications. The Finnish scholar not only appeared in Finnish media, but was also awarded a prize called TEKEVÄ. This award is given to someone who has developed or had a positive impact on healthcare education in Finland.


The Finnish partnership has been a highly fruitful development. As a result of the successful launch and the partnership with, amongst others, Sopimusvouri, the ceremony on the 24th of April 2015 was held after an international partner meeting. Attending were both Swedish and Finnish partners and the prize ceremony was held for two award winning scholars. Since then, the scholars have represented the scholarship in different activities within their own universities but also in the generous internship provided by our partners.

2015 marked the third year of the scholarship. 294 new ideas were generated by the 219 nursing students who participated in Finland and Sweden. In December 2015, Pernilla Rönntoft from Sweden and Elias Kallio from Finland were announced as the year’s scholars. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet’s 20th anniversary at Aula Medica in Stockholm.


In 2016 the scholarship was launched in Poland through a new collaboration with Medicover Foundation. 3 new scholars were honoured at a price ceremony in the Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden.


The scholarship is launched in Germany through a collaboration with Förderverein Anna Wassenberg.


The Queen Silvia Nursing Award reaches its fifth year of celebrating the ingenious ideas from nursing scholars in Sweden, Poland, Germany and Finland.  Don’t forget to download a collection of the best ideas from these talented scholars with our eBook.