$100K Nokia 2022 Bell Labs Prize

Written by David on March 6, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Tel. +358 10 4488 000. Visiting address: Karakaari 7 02610 Espoo, Finland. P.O.Box 226, FI-00045 Nokia Group.

The Nokia Bell Labs Prize is an international competition for innovators from participating countries. It aims to honor ideas that address some of humanity’s most pressing issues, and it gives selected innovators the opportunity to work with Nokia Bell Labs experts to help them realize their vision.

Every year, the Bell Labs Prize is given to an innovator who, in our opinion, will lay the groundwork for the next technological revolution, radically altering the way we live, work, and communicate. You’ve come to the perfect place if you have an innovative new idea and proof of concept that you’d like to explore further with premier Nokia Bell Labs experts.


About the Scholarship:

The Nokia Foundation was founded in August 1995 as an effort of Nokia Oyj to promote and support scientific advancement and education in Finland’s information and telecommunications technology industries. In addition to techniques from other scientific fields, such as social, behavioral, business, and service sciences, multidisciplinary research in these areas is highly valued. The Foundation offers annual grants and awards to the most qualified applicants to assist it achieve its purpose. The Foundation’s Board of Directors, which includes members from both Finnish institutions and Nokia, make decisions. Nokia Corporation is the largest mobile phone maker in the world, with clients in 130 countries. Mobile Phones, Multimedia, Enterprise Solutions, and Networks are the four business groups that make up Nokia. The Mobile Phones division sells wireless voice and data devices to both consumers and businesses. Mobile gaming gadgets, home satellite systems, and cable television set-top boxes are all sold under the Multimedia category. Wireless systems for usage in the corporate sector are developed by the Enterprise Solutions group. The company’s Networks division sells wireless switching and transmission equipment. Nokia maintains research and development facilities in 12 countries and operates 15 production plants in nine countries. Nokia’s market share is still dropping due to the fact that it has not been able to offer a meaningful competitor to the iPhone up until now. Nokia made the first move towards strengthening its position in the smartphone market when it announced a partnership with Microsoft in February 2011. The strategic partnership’s goal was to get people to use the new Windows 7 operating system and build the next ecosystem to compete with iOS and Android. (From Nokia’s official website, Our Company/The Nokia Story 2012) Nokia recently decided to take on its rivals by launching the “most innovative mobile device in the world.” The Nokia Lumia 920 is a smartphone that runs on Microsoft Windows 8. Despite Nokia Lumia’s original features, the timing will make it tough for it to compete against the main smartphone leaders, who are already well-known and respected on the global market. Unfortunately, both Windows Phone and Nokia were late to the smartphone revolution. Nokia Company was formed in 1865 in the small town of the same name in central Finland as a pulp and paper manufacturer. Nokia was a forerunner in the business, pioneering numerous novel manufacturing techniques in a country with only one main natural resource: its enormous forests. The corporation even built its own power plants as the industry became more energy-intensive. Nokia, on the other hand, remained a significant but immobile company in a mostly forgotten area of northern Europe for many years. In 1915, Nokia shares were initially listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. After World War II, Nokia saw its first big transformation. Despite its proximity to the Soviet Union, Finland has always maintained commercial ties with Scandinavian and other Western countries, and Nokia became a significant exporter as Finnish trade increased.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  Nokia Foundation

Scholarship Country: Finland

 Scholarship Worth: $100K

Study Level: Undergraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer: 

  • Nokia Bell Labs awards a $100K first prize, a $50K second prize, and a $25K third prize, all of which are paid directly to the winners.
  • Following the competition, all three winners will be evaluated for a unique opportunity to collaborate within the world-renowned Nokia Bell Labs to further explore their ideas.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

All qualified applicants who register and submit proposals in the general fields of information and communication technology are eligible for this prize. The following requirements must be met by participants:

  • Take ownership of their concepts.
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Possess a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree
  • You must be a citizen of one of the following countries:
  • Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey
  • Employees, partners, and consultants of Sponsor and its affiliates, as well as their immediate family members, are not permitted to enter.
  • The Contest is open to interns who work for Sponsor or one of its affiliates. An “intern” is a student presently pursuing a degree at an approved college or university who is engaged on a temporary basis to work with Sponsor or its affiliates for the purposes of this Contest.
  • Teams of up to four people are allowed to compete, as long as each team member meets all of the eligibility conditions. The complete team must be included in the submission and accept the Terms and Conditions.



The Nokia 2022 Bell Labs Prize is open to all international students


Application Procedure

  • Are you both interested and qualified? To apply, go to bell-labs.smapply.io and type in Nokia Foundation.
  • Anyone in the participating nations who meets the eligibility requirements can enter the tournament. Register and submit your concept in no more than 250 words (Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach additional documentation detailing their proposals such as papers or publications). The deadline for submissions is April 22, 2022. Each year, 5-7 finalists are chosen from hundreds of applications to compete for three awards at an event (all expenses paid) in November in front of a panel of recognized experts and industry executives. Three unique dimensions will be used to evaluate the invention.
  • Potential for Innovation – How unique is your proposal? What is disruptive thinking, and how may it lead to a reassessment of technology’s present limits?
  • Technical Soundness – Is your idea technically sound? What are the present concepts and capabilities that it is based on? To succeed, would it necessitate future breakthroughs and innovations?
  • Feasibility – Has a proof of concept, simulation, or demonstration been developed, or can one be built during the competition?


Application Deadline

The application deadline for Nokia 2022 Bell Labs Prize Is April 22, 2022

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