Breakthrough Junior Challenge Global Competition for Students 2020

Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2020 Global Competition for Students | Win Amazing Prizes – Including a $250,000 Scholarship: Applications are invited from Students Ages 13 to 18 from Countries Across the Globe for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. Deadline: 25th June, 2020, See Eligibility, Prizes, Judging Criteria, Application Guidelines and Procedures.

For the young science enthusiast thinking about taking the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, you could inspire the world AND win amazing prizes – including a $250,000 scholarship!

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, mathematics or the science of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

To take part in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge (the “Challenge”), create a short video (3:00 minutes max) to explain a big idea in one of these fields:
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Life Sciences
  • COVID-19


  • Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe may participate.
    • You must be 13 years of age by April 1 at 12:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time (”PDT”) to participate in the Competition, and You cannot be older than 18 years of age (not yet 19) on October 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT.
    • If You are a minor, You must have your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter and Your parent or legal guardian must agree, on Your behalf and on his or her own behalf, to follow and be bound by these RULES and warrant that You are eligible to participate in the Competition.
  • They welcome submissions in English from anyone of those ages, including homeschooled students, students with disabilities, and students from all over the world.


If your video is chosen as the Winner, you will receive:
  • $250,000 Post-secondary scholarship
  • $50,000 Prize for your teacher
  • $100,000 Breakthrough Science Lab

The Winner will be required to attend an award ceremony scheduled in November 2020 (date to be announced).

Judging Criteria.

Your video will be judged according to the following criteria:
  • Engagement: Did the video capture the viewer’s interest? Did the viewer want to keep watching the video to the end?
  • Illumination: Did the video explain the subject matter clearly, allowing the viewer to develop a genuine understanding of the video’s content? Did the video demonstrate a rigorous dive into the subject matter?
  • Creativity: Did the entrant make an effort to approach the subject matter in an innovative or creative way?
  • Difficulty: Is the subject matter challenging? Is the subject typically taught at high school level or beyond?

How to Apply.

  • Make a 3-minute video explaining a big idea in life sciences, physics, mathematics or the science of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Your film can take any form you like: animation, talking head, documentary, dramatic reconstruction, whatever. It’s worth keeping in mind that video is a dynamic visual medium – using diagrams, simulations, physical demonstrations etc. is a lot more effective than standing in front of a blackboard talking.
  • Your video must be 3:00 minutes in length or shorter to qualify for the Challenge. Please check the time on the YouTube counter to make sure your video is 3:00 minutes or under.


Applications close June 25 at 11:59 PM (PDT).