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1 Fulbright/Deafness Studies Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
6 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

This scholarship allows a graduate student to conduct research, to teach, and/or collaborate on new projects in deafness-related fields in Italy.

Grant Period

6 Months

Grants will begin January 15, 2020.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Graduate students with an interest and background in deafness related studies, with at least some experience in the area of the proposed project will be considered.

Proposals should involve research, teaching, and/or collaboration on projects aimed at improving the lives of deaf and/or deaf-blind children; improving the lives of deaf adults; improving infrastructure accessibility for deaf individuals; strengthening specific areas of expertise that are lacking in Italy.

Examples include:

  • early intervention for deaf and/or deaf-blind children;
  • deaf education;
  • specialized teaching methods for deaf-blind children;
  • bilingualism and bi-culturalism;
  • school psychology;
  • clinical psychology;
  • counseling;
  • theater education;
  • art education;
  • interpreter education;
  • teaching ASL to deaf students;
  • teaching English through ASL;
  • developing tools that will contribute to creating a positive environment where deaf and/or deaf-blind people can enjoy free and total access to curriculum and the world around them.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency and Romance language proficiency is required. Preference will be given to applicants with proficiency in Italian. On the Embark Application System, applicants should include the Language Self-Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor in relation to their language proficiency.  

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


When developing proposals and for information regarding project ideas, feasibility and possible host institutions, applicants for grants in deafness are encouraged to contact:

  • Dr. Miriam Grottanelli de Santi, Director of the Siena School for Liberal Arts in Siena, and President of the Mason Perkins Deafness Fund Onlus, Siena at
  • Dr. Stefania Fadda, Director of the Centro Assistenza per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi ONLUS (CABSS), Rome at

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark on-line application, Question #22 Award Name please select Italy Deafness Studies from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Barbara Pizzella