Balzan Prize

The Balzan Prize’s aim is to foster culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world. The four subject areas, two in literature, the moral sciences and the arts, and two in the physical, mathematical and natural sciences and medicine, change every year. No more than four prizes may be awarded in any one year.

The 2020 Balzan Prizes will be awarded in the following areas:

  • Earth System Dynamics
  • Environmental Challenges: Responses from the Social Sciences and the Humanities
  • Environmental Challenges: Materials Science for Renewable Energy
  • Human Rights

Award/Prize amount: $790,000
Application/Nomination information: Nominations are by invitation only.
Agency deadline: March 15
Internal/Campus deadline: January
Illinois campus contact:
Additional information: Balzan Prize Website