Grants & Scholarships

Leonardo Awards 2022 – Humanities and Science Award for Early Career Researchers/Scholars

Leonardo Award 2022

Humanities and Science Award

for Early Career Researchers/Scholars

Call for Applications

The Leonardo da Vinci Society and the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) Bay Area Chapter are seeking applications for the Leonardo Award 2022. This award was established in 2019 on the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death to recognize the outstanding contributions of Italian/Italian American early career researchers/scholars working in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Scientists and scholars conducting research in any field of science and technology or arts and humanities (including the social sciences) are encouraged to apply.

The winners will be presented with an award certificate and a monetary prize at the Leonardo da Vinci Ceremony in December.

ISSNAF is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote scientific, academic, and technological cooperation amongst Italian researchers and scholars active in North America and the world of research, academia, and industry in Italy. The Bay Area Chapter of ISSNAF was established in 2017 to connect the talented pool of Italian researchers and scholars based in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, and to offer them opportunities and support.

The Leonardo da Vinci Society is a cultural organization based in San Francisco. The Society organizes presentations and other events that highlight the importance of Italian history and culture, and the importance of Italian contributions to American life. Membership is open to all who love Italy and wish to learn more about this wonderful country. Most events take place in San Francisco and guests are welcome. Leonardo Society events are free to members, invited guests, and registered attendees.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a self-nomination at this link. The application must include the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae with publications and relevant experience.
  • A statement (1,000 words maximum) that describes the significance and impact of the applicant’s research and, possibly, the connection with Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy. The statement should be written for an audience with general knowledge in the applicant’s field, but not an expert in the specific subject.

The applicant must indicate the scientific area (humanities; life sciences; mathematical, physical sciences and engineering) in which the application should be considered. Only one entry is allowed.

Selection criteria

Applications will be reviewed and scored by a judging panel composed of renowned scientists and scholars, based on the applicant’s accomplishments and research impact. Applicants who demonstrate a reasonable connection between their research interests or perspectives and the life and work of Da Vinci will be given special consideration.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Received a doctoral or equivalent degree on or after January 1, 2012;
  • Have performed or are performing the work described in the statement;
  • Are currently affiliated with an institution located in the San Francisco Bay Area (including Santa Cruz, Davis, etc.);
  • Are at least 21 years old;
  • Are Italian or have an Italian family background.

Important dates 

Applications are due October 15, 2022.

Winners will be informed by November 15, 2022.

The awards will be presented during the Leonardo da Vinci Society Ceremony in December 2022.

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