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 (3:00 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. This year, there is an additional COVID-19 category. 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.

Breakthrough Prize

The Breakthrough Prize was created to honor important advancements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. The Breakthrough Prizes are sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Pony Ma, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. The Breakthrough Prize aims to celebrate the best scientific work and inspire the next generation of scientists.


Anyone between the ages of 13 and 18

You can take part in this year’s Challenge as long as you’re:

  • 13 or older by 12:01 AM PDT on April 1, 2020
  • Not older than 18 (not yet 19) as of 11:59 PM PDT on October 1, 2020

We welcome submissions in English from anyone of those ages, including homeschooled students, students with disabilities, and students from all over the world.


  • $250,000 Post-secondary scholarship
  • $50,000 Prize for your teacher
  • $100,000 Breakthrough Science Lab

Submission Deadline
Submissions are due no later than June 25, 2020, at 11:59 PM PDT.

Peer-to-Peer Review Deadline
To be eligible for the $250,000 scholarship, you must score at least five other submissions by July 10, 2020, at 11:59 PM PDT, during the Peer-to-Peer Review. You may also be asked to score additional entries.

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the live televised Breakthrough Prize Ceremony in November of 2020 (date to be announced).

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