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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.

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U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. 


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Non U.S. Citizens

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

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
October Start
Award Profile

Two awards are available to attend the Master of Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility at the University of Gastronomic Sciences Pollenzo, Italy

The Master's program provides an advanced introduction to the world food cultures and systems with an emphasis on issues of food sustainability and food sovereignty. The program intends 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 the Master's program 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 program will use the case of the Italian food culture and system and the gastronomies of the world 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 (study trips and internships). The program is conducted in English.

Grant Period
October Start

Grants will begin in October 2022 and will end in November 2023.

The Master's Program requires 10 months of class lectures, workshops, and three field trips in Italy, Europe, and outside Europe, and an approximately 14-week internship to be pursued in Italy or a final research project, to be pursued in Italy. The exact starting and ending dates of the Master's program will be confirmed during Summer 2022.

In-Country Orientation

The grantees will be required to participate in a one-to-two orientation program organized by the Fulbright Commission in mid-October 2022.

Candidate Profile

These grants are 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, since language abilities will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: No
Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes
No affiliation letter required

The grantees will be enrolled in the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Master in Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility. Applicants are not required to apply to the University of Gastronomic Sciences or include a letter of affiliation with their Fulbright application. Once applicants are awarded a grant, they will be requested to complete an application to the University of Gastronomic Sciences.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Tuition covered in grant benefits

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.


Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

According to Italian laws and policies, dual nationals are eligible to apply. However, candidates with significant experience in Italy will be considered on a case by case basis.

Candidates who have resided in Italy with a study or work visa in the 12 months prior to the competition deadline; or who reside in Italy with a study or work visa at the time of the deadline; or who will travel to Italy with a study or work visa during the selection process and the awarding phase are not eligible to participate in the program. Exception will be made for candidates holders of three-months tourist visas at the time of application.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name please select Casten Slow Foods from the drop down menu.

Entry Visa

Grantees must enter Italy on a study visa covering the authorized length of grant.

Basic information about visas and their application process is available at

The possibility to stay for longer periods and/or being accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law.

Dependent support is not available
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