The Edgar de Picciotto International Prize

The Edgar de Picciotto International Prize was created as a tribute and token of thanks to Mr Edgar de Picciotto. His generous donation of CHF 20 million enabled the Graduate Institute to finance a considerable part of the Student House. Mr de Picciotto and his family have greatly supported and participated in the realisation of the Institute's mission by facilitating the hosting of students from all over the world.

The Edgar de Picciotto International Prize awarded every two years and worth CHF 100,000 is intended to reward an internationally renowned academic whose research has contributed to enhancing the understanding of global challenges and whose work has influenced policy-makers.

After Amartya Sen (1998 Nobel Prize in Economics), Saul Friedländer (2008 Pulitzer Prize winer), and Paul Krugman (2008 Nobel Prize in Economics), the 2018 Edgar de Picciotto International Prize was awarded to Joan Wallach Scott, Emerita Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

The 2018 Edgar de Picciotto International Prize
 

Joan Wallach SCOTT
Emerita Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University

Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey from 1985 to 2014, Joan Wallach Scott has received a large number of awards, including honorary degrees from Harvard and Princeton universities.  These distinctions recognise the importance and breadth of her work in the fields of social and intellectual history.

Joan Wallach Scott

The 2016 Edgar de PicciottO International Prize
 

Paul KRUGMAN
2008 Nobel Prize in Economics

Distinguished Professor of Economics at City University of New York (CUNY), Paul Krugman studies a wide range of economic issues including income distribution, taxation, macroeconomics and  international economics. In 2008, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

 

The 2014 Edgar de Picciotto International Prize
 

Saul FRIEDLÄNDER
2008 Pulitzer Prize

Saul Friedländer is a world-renowned historian. He received his PhD from the Graduate Institute and has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. Since 1988, he has been Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition, he has been honoured with a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, for his work “The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939–1945”.

 

The 2012 Edgar de Picciotto International Prize
 

Amartya SEN
1998 Nobel Prize in Economics

Nobel Memorial Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences 1998 and Professor at Harvard University, Amartya Sen is the author of numerous books, which have been translated into more than 30 languages. His work has focused most notably on the causes of famine, inequality and poverty. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) human development index was developed in part based on his research.

Joan Wallach Scott delivering the Opening Lecture of the 2018 Academic Year "Gender Equality: Why Is It so Difficult to Achieve?"
Paul Krugman delivering the Opening Lecture of the 2016 Academic Year "What Have We Learnt From the Crisis?"
Saul Friedländer delivering the Opening Lecture of the 2014 Academic Year "History and Memory: Lessons from the Holocaust"