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Leonardo da Vinci awards for early-career Italian-American researchers and scholars – 2021

Leonardo Award 2021 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 2021. 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. Multiple awards will be granted. The winners will be presented with an award certificate and a $1,000 prize at The Leonardo da Vinci Gala in August/September 2021.

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.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a self-nomination by email to

The application must include the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae with publications.
  • A 1,000 words maximum essay that describes the significance and impact of the applicant’s research, and possibly the connection with Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy.

In the email, the applicant must also indicate the scientific area (life sciences, mathematical and physical sciences, or engineering) in which the application should be considered. Only one entry is allowed.

Selection criteria

Applications will be reviewed and scored by subject matter experts based on the applicant’s accomplishments and research impact. Extra points will be given to applicants that can draw a connection between their and Leonardo’s work. The winners will be selected by a judging panel.


Applicants must have meet the following requirements:

  • received a doctoral or equivalent degree on or after January 1, 2011;
  • have performed or are performing the work described in the essay;
  • are currently affiliated with an institution located in the San Francisco Bay Area;
  • are at least 21 years old;
  • are Italian or of Italian origin.

Important dates

Applications are due by May 31, 2021.

Winners will be informed by July 10, 2021.

The awards will be presented during the Leonardo da Vinci Society Gala in August/September 2021

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