About the Madame de Staël Prize

A New Narrative for Europe

The Madame de Staël Prize relates to the project New Narrative for Europe, initiated by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, which invited artists, intellectuals and scientists to contribute to a reflection on the European story. In 2014, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso handed over the inaugural prize to Professor Luisa Passerini, who was honoured for her research on forms of European identity. The prize forms part of a larger set of ALLEA activities aiming not only to promote the intellectual and cultural richness of Europe, but also to support and acknowledge scholarly contributions that benefit these most valuable of Europe’s assets.


Laureates are well known for their scholarly and intellectual excellence in any field in the social sciences and the humanities, including those with connections to other scientific disciplines. A laureate’s work may also be of interdisciplinary nature and must represent a major contribution to the understanding of the existing and emerging common values of Europe, and the processes behind European integration and identity.

Nominations and Jury

An academic committee chaired by the President of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, ALLEA, and composed of renowned fellows of European Academies in the fields of the Social Sciences and Humanities collects nominations, evaluates the merits of the candidates and identifies the prize laureates. The jury is also responsible for selecting a laudator.

Jury Members

  • Antonio Loprieno (chairman), ALLEA – Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • Marie-Therese Flanagan, Royal Irish Academy
  • Luisa Passerini, European University Institute, Florence; Laureate 2014
  • Alberto Quadrio-Curzio, Academy of the Lincei, Italy
  • Dame Helen Wallace, British Academy; Laureate 2015
  • Ed Noort, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences