This week we would like to let you know that the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis, the Vatican's academy for the promotion of Christian humanism, has announced its annual contest for the Prize of the Pontifical Academies.
Please note that the competition is divided into two parts/themes, aiming at young scholars and education institutions respectively; the deadline for applications is 12 May 2017.
Please read the full announcement below:
"Following the regulations and in agreement with the Pontifical Council for Culture, the
Pontificia Academia Latinitatis is curating the competition for the award of the Prize of the
Pontifical Academies, 2017 edition, which aims to promote and develop Christian
The prize consists of the sum of 20.000,00 (twenty thousand) Euros, which may
be awarded ex aequo, and will be presented by the Cardinal Secretary of State in the name of
the Holy Father during the annual Public Meeting of the Pontifical Academies.
The academy proposes two thematic areas (one or both may be chosen):
1. Reception of ancient Latinitas Christiana between the medieval and modern eras.
2. Docendo invenire thesauros: methodological proposals for the teaching of Latin.
The first is reserved to scholars who have produced in the last five years doctoral
theses or publications on the theme. Candidates must be aged between 25 and 40 on 30 April
The second is reserved to institutions (academies, schools, associations, foundations,
research groups etc.) that are engaged in formative activity among the youth. The institutions
must have been active in the specific training and teaching sector for at least five years.
Candidates and institutions must send their requests to participate to the Pontificia
Academia Latinitatis, Piazza San Calisto, 16, 00120, Vatican City, by 2pm on 12 May 2017.
Requests to participate in the competition must be accompanied by the individual
scholar’s curriculum vitae and other publications or documentation.
The institutions must send a copy of their statutes or an illustrative outline of their aims
accompanied by documentary proof of the teaching activity over the last five years.
The Commission is composed of Academicians which will formulate a proposal of
candidates for the Prize that will be put to the evaluation of the Council of Coordination of
the Pontifical Academies and then to the definitive decision of the Holy Father.
From the Vatican, 31-1- 2017