As part of its research programme started in 1987 on games, festive events, sports and leisure activities in general up to the outbreak of World War II, the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche has launched two annual awards of 3,000 Euros each for young scholars.
Although a recent initiative, the awards continue in the tradition of the Foundation, which over thirty years has assigned more than 70 scholarships to graduates over a broad range of academic levels. Started in 1988 in memory of Stefano Benetton, the scholarships were, from 2001 to 2015, dedicated to Gaetano Cozzi, the illustrious scholar, Selection board chairman until 2000, and driving force behind the initiative until his death in 2001.
The award for unpublished essays is also dedicated to the memory of Gaetano Cozzi. Chaired by Gherardo Ortalli, the Selection board is made up of directors of the journal «Ludica. Annali di storia e civiltà del gioco». The regulations governing the award for unpublished essays are available in pdf format in different languages on this same site.