Balzan Prize

February 14, 2017

Attached is a call for nominations from the International Balzan Foundation for the 2018 Balzan Prize competition.  This prestigious prize “aims to promote, throughout the world, culture, science and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples, regardless of nationality, race or creed.” Four prizes will be awarded, one in each named category, each worth 750,000 Swiss francs. Included is a description of the Balzan Foundation and a list of its distinguished former awardees.

The areas in which prizes will be offered this year are Social Anthropology; Global History; Fluid Dynamics; and Chemical Ecology. To nominate a candidate, please send the following materials:  statement of reasons for the nomination, including mention of particularly important publications;for candidates in the social sciences and humanities, a bibliography, including the above-mentioned publications, citing publisher and publication year, and adding translations of original titles should there be works translated into other languages; a list of 10 to 20 of their most important publications (with full bibliographical citation) for candidates in the sciences; a curriculum vitae specifying present position, main academic activities, date and place of birth, nationality, residence and address; a recent photograph with indication of copyright if applicable.

Nomination materials should be sent by March 1, 2018, to Dr. Angela Mullis ( of my office, who will be coordinating this process.

I am confident that any candidates we nominate will be regarded highly by the selection committee. Your assistance in helping to identify outstanding candidates is greatly appreciated.

Barbara A. Lee
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs