Queen Silvia Nursing Award

Queen Silvia Nursing Award is a scholarship for nursing students in Sweden, Finland and Poland, 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 young 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 criteriais that the idea in some way improve the care of elderly and/or dementia patients.


Saga Wahlström, Scholar of 2016

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 their 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 2016 the scholarship attracted more than 400 ideas from nursing students all over Sweden and Finland. Of the original applications, a selection where moved on to the next level and subsequently became six finalists in each country. Saga Wahlström from Mälardalens Högskola in Sweden and Michelle Ena from Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vasa were appointed scholars in 2016 and will recieve an award from the hand of H.M. Queen Silvia, be rewarded with 50 000 SEK (6 000 EUR) as well as partcipation in an internship with the Queen Silvia Nursing Award partners in Sweden, Finland and around the world

International expansion

After evaluating the number of participants and the attention from media, partners and other stakeholders Swedish Care International will continue developing Queen Silvia Nursing Award worldwide.

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Gustav Bramberg, Project Manager
gustav.bramberg@sci.se, +46(0)73 618 34 35

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden is interviewed about Queen Silvia Nursing Award