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Recognizing Genius Ideas

Inspired by Albert Einstein's incomparable legacy of discovery, invention and humanitarian ideals, The Next Einstein initiative was introduced in 2013 with a single-minded goal: to recognize new ideas with the potential to change the world for the better. The awards were created by the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University in conjunction with Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the custodian of the Einstein estate. Albert Einstein was one of the founding fathers of The Hebrew University. Einstein's passion, curiosity and rebellious nature enabled countless innovative accomplishments recognized the world over.

Maybe you have an idea for a new business? A way of helping the economically challenged? Or an idea to solve world hunger? There are no bad ideas. All you need to do is share it. Winners are awarded $10,000 in cash as seed money to help realize their genius idea.

So, what do you say? Feel like sharing your genius?


Take Home the Prize

Winners of The Next Einstein Competition receive more than the distinction of authoring a genius idea. They win $10,000 in cash, and become eligible to receive a $5,000 Einstein Legacy Student Scholarship.

Grand Prize

$10,000* Seed Money to launch your Genius Idea

Eligiblity to receive the $5,000* Einstein Legacy Student Scholarship to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

*Prizes are in Canadian Dollars


The Minds Behind the Competition

Albert Einstein

It has been over a century since Albert Einstein published his Theory of Relativity. It questioned our basic notions of space and time, giving the world a whole new way of understanding it. But who was this iconic figure who has become synonymous with the word “genius”?

As a child, he possessed an extraordinary curiosity to better understand the mysteries of science. It was a passion that permeated his life through high school and college, eventually leading him to experience his legendary “Annus Mirabilis” or “Miracle Year.”

After obtaining his Doctorate, the young physicist published four of his most influential papers in 1905 which included his Special Theory of Relativity known now by it’s famed equation, E=mc2. By 1921, Einstein’s work was receiving critical acclaim, so much so it lead to a Nobel Prize in Physics. Today, the practical application of his theories has lead to the development of everyday technology such as the television, remote control devices, automatic door openers, lasers and DVD players.

More than just a scientist, Albert Einstein’s intellect, passion for social justice and dedication to pacifism continue to inspire the world around us. In 1999 he was recognized by TIME magazine as “Person of the Century”.

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) facilitates connections through fundraising, research partnerships and academic exchanges. Founded in 1944, CFHU has raised over half a billion dollars, proudly bestowing academic scholarships to 50,000 Canadian and Israeli students. With communities in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, CFHU’s efforts enrich lives throughout the world through the academic excellence of the Hebrew University, inspired by founding father Albert Einstein.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU), founded in 1918 and opened in 1925, is Israel's leading university. Albert Einstein, Martin Buber, and Sigmund Freud were among the university's founders; they were thinkers and visionaries whose genius inspired a university that would have no limits or borders. Ranked as one of the world's leading research universities (ranked 3rd in Asia and 70th globally), HU lies at the forefront of the international academic and scientific communities. Many top prizes and awards have been won by its graduates and faculty including eight Nobel Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.

HU is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind in an atmosphere free of discrimination and prejudice.