The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos (2:00 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The Challenge is organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and was founded by Julia and Yuri Milner as part of their Giving Pledge to support science and the communication of scientific ideas.

Grade Level/Age
ages 13-18
Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Award information


Eligibility Requirements
  • Age Requirements: 13 or older by April 1st, not older than 18 by October 1st
  • Language: Submissions must be in English
  • Open to: Diverse range of participants, including homeschooled students, those with disabilities, and international students