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 Victor de Sá Award

Dr. Victor de Sá (1921-2004) was a former Professor of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto. In an unprecedented gesture of extreme generosity, he donated a significant number of documents to the University of Minho. These documents, of a historical, political and literary nature, were the result of his research and public intervention activity. They include unpublished memoirist texts, as well as the copyrights pertaining to his extensive bibliography. The documents are currently in the possession of the Public Library of Braga, where they are being processed, so that the work of Dr. Victor de Sá is continued and valued as scientific work.

The donation of the copyrights, as well as a vast sum of money, were for the purpose of creating a Contemporary History Award, to be given yearly by the University of Minho, through the Cultural Council. This award is decided upon through special statutes. The main objective of this award, which has been named the Victor de Sá Contemporary History Award since 2006 following a deliberation by the Cultural Council, is to foster the production of academic work in the field of Portuguese Contemporary History (as from 1820). The award is aimed at young researchers under 35. The award, established in 1991, has since become the most prestigious award in the country for Contemporary History researchers.

The Victor de Sá Award has been acknowledged by the Secretary of State for Culture as being of evident interest, thus making it eligible to be included under the Law of Cultural Patronage. It is currently sponsored by several public and private institutions, and open to sponsorship from other sponsor institutions and organizations with an interest in promoting the study of Portuguese Contemporary History.


Professor Victor de Sá
António de Almeida Foundation (Porto)
Cupertino de Miranda Foundation (Vila Nova Famalicão)
Guimarães City Council
Braga City Council
Barcelos City Council
Vila Nova de Famalicão City Council
Cultural Council of the University of Minho
Braga District Civil Government
Lusophone University of Humanity and Technologies
Copyrights received from the Portuguese Society of Authors - SPA

Executive Committee

José Viriato Capela

Fátima Moura Ferreira
Henrique Barreto Nunes


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