Balzan Prize

A total of four Prizes are awarded annually: two are awarded in the field of humanities (ie literature, the moral sciences and the arts) and two in the sciences (ie medicine and the physical, mathematical and natural sciences). The overall aim of the Prize is to recognise the most outstanding initiatives amongst scholars, scientists or artists and to foster their growth in the scientific and cultural world.

The total prize money available is three million Swiss francs.

Each prize has a value of 750,000 Swiss francs (approximately €700,000).

Prize winners must dedicate half of the Prize they receive for financing research projects that are preferably carried out by young scholars or scientists.