Balzan Prize - 2020


International Balzan Prize Foundation


The Balzan Prizes are awarded to scholars, artists and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level.


The Prizes for 2020 are to be awarded in the following subject areas:

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

No more than four prizes may be awarded in any one year. 

Self-nominations are not accepted.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

If you wish to be considered for VPR nomination, please submit your Expression of Interest (details below) to

External Deadline

If your nomination will be submitted by a nominator other than the VPR, please submit directly to the sponsor by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to

How to Apply

The Vice-President (Research) encourages nominations for these prestigious awards, and will serve as nominator for those nominees recommended by the Honours and Awards Advisory Committee. If you wish to nominate a colleague or to be considered for VPR nomination, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to by the internal deadline. 

An Expression of Interest will include:

  • A draft letter (two-three pages) addressed to the VPR  which outlines how you/your nominee meets the criteria outlined on the program website 
  • An up-to-date CV (up to 10 pages) for nominee (and each member of the team, if applicable); and
  • A short letter or email from the Associate Dean (Research) or College Research Manager indicating the College's support for the nomination.

​If your nomination will be submitted by a different nominee, and therefore does not require the Vice-President's endorsement, please submit an OR-5 and a complete nomination by the external deadline to

For more information, please contact or

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