Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize

TWAS and illycaffè s.p.a. have instituted a high-level prize to honour distinguished scientists from developing countries.

The Trieste Town Council and the Trieste International Foundation for Scientific Progress and Freedom are collaborating in this effort.

It was named the 'Trieste Science Prize', in recognition of the unique and fundamental role that the Trieste System of scientific institutions plays in promoting science and technology in the developing world.

The second four-year cycle of the prize, now called the 'Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize' to honour the late former President of illycaffè, will focus on sustainability science.

The prize is awarded annually and rotate among the following fields:

  • Climate change and its impact on agriculture in developing countries

  • Energy

  • Materials science

  • Human health


  • US$100,000generously contributed by illycaff.

  • A trophy and a certificate bearing a citation highlighting the major contributions for which the prize is awarded.

    The annual prize will be presented to the recipient at a special occasion arranged by TWAS, illycaffè and the Trieste Town Council.


  • Candidates must be nationals of developing countries, working and living in the South.

  • The prizes will only be awarded to individuals for scientific research of outstanding international merit carried out at institutions in developing countries.

  • Individuals who have received the Nobel Prize, the Tokyo/Kyoto Prize, the Crafoord Prize or the Abel Prize are not eligible for the Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize.


  • The evaluation is carried out by a scientific committee, chaired by the TWAS President, consisting of an authoritative and international jury and a designated representative from illycaffè.

  • Jury members are not eligible for the Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize.


  • Nominations are invited from TWAS members, selected individuals, as well as from science academies, national research councils, universities and scientific institutions.

  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

  • Nominations should be accompanied by a 5-6 page biographical sketch of the nominee including his/her major scientific accomplishments, list and copies of not more than 20 of the candidate's most significant publications and a complete list of publications.

  • A brief professional C.V. of the candidate is also to be included.

    Deadline: May each year

    For more information and application, visit: Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize Website

  • Scholarship 2019/20

    Undergraduate Scholarships,
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    2019/2020 International Scholarships.