Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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1 Fulbright/Casten Family Foundation Award at the University of Gastronomic Sciences

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

One award is available to attend one of the following two Master Programs at the University of Gastronomic Sciences.

Master in Gastronomy: Food In Italy (GCI)orMaster in Gastronomy: Food in the World (GCW)

The Master's programs intend to train students to become holistic gastronomes, i.e. gastronomes who are able to understand and critically reflect upon food culture and history, food anthropology and ecology, and sensory and aesthetic features linked to local food production, gastronomies, and their attached sociabilities. The aim of both Master's programs is to provide students with the means for becoming professionals who will be cultural mediators in the food production, distribution, marketing/communication, as well as in the educational and food culture and systems. The Master's programs will use the case of the Italian food culture and system (GCI) and the gastronomies of the world (GCW) to enlighten global issues related to culture, sustainability, and food justice inspired by the fundamental principles of the Slow Food international movement (Good, Clean, and Fair), and it provides students with multidisciplinary knowledge in food studies. Each course combines theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom with practical skills acquired during work experience and field trips. The Master's includes a full program of practical training (field seminars). The program is conducted in English.

Grant Period

13 Months

Grants will begin in November 2018 and will end in February 2020.

The Master's Program requires  10 months of class lectures, workshops, and 5  field  trips in Italy, Europe, or outside  Europe (only GCW),  and  4 final months for an internship  to be pursued in Italy  or a final research project, to be pursued in Italy.  The exact starting date of the Master's program will be confirmed during Fall 2017.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

This grant is intended for candidates with a special interest in the Slow Food movement and awareness of food culture and food sector issues. Applications must be consistent with the University of Gastronomic Sciences' mission and program.

Preference in this program is for graduating seniors.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Italian language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process, but is strongly recommended. While the program is delivered through English, applicants should include plans for language study in their Fulbright applications and selected applicants should begin studying the language as soon as feasible, as language abilities will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


The grantee will be enrolled in the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Master in Gastronomy: Food in Italy or in the Master in Gastronomy: Food in the World. Applicants are not required to apply to the University of Gastronomic Sciences or include a letter of affiliation with their Fulbright application. Once an applicant is awarded a grant, he/she will be requested to complete an application to the University of Gastronomic Sciences.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Tuition fees will be covered as part of the award. 

Housing will be covered as part of the award during the 10-month Master's course.

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name please select Casten Slow Foods from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.