16 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length9 Months
Scholarships for candidates at all degree levels and in all fields of study.
Grants will begin October 5, 2024, and end July 3, 2025 (dates to be confirmed).
Fulbright grantees will be required to participate in a one-to-two-day orientation program organized by the Fulbright Commission in mid-October.
An online pre-departure orientation will be offered approximately two months before departure.
The following candidates are particularly encouraged:
- those whose projects are in innovative and contemporary issues
- those whose projects are in Science and Technology
- those who wish to enroll in courses held at Italian universities
Preference will be given to candidates interested in conducting the study/research project at a university/institution outside of large cities and/or in the South of Italy. Priority will be given to students who are enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. at the time of application.
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 during the year preceding the grant might be considered ineligible depending on the length of the period and reasons.
Candidates who are in Italy with a study or work visa during the 12 months prior to the competition deadline, who reside in Italy 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, with the following exceptions: those who are in Italy on a tourist visa and those who are on a study visa for a summer or one-semester U.S. university study abroad program are eligible to apply.
The Commission does not accept research projects in any field that requires direct clinical patient contact by the grantee.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Italian language proficiency commensurate with the project is necessary at the time of application. Language study begun after applying is considered insufficient. The U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission will make no provision for Italian language instruction. On the Fulbright application, 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
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support to the grantee's project. Grantees will be required to have affiliations with accredited academic or research institutions in Italy. Applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of affiliation between the applicant and the host institution. The letter should state that a host contact will be available during the grant year to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant's work on the proposed project. While issuing the letter, the host contact must describe accurately the following points:
- Origin of the collaboration;
- Role of the Host Contact in the Candidate's Project;
- Possible enrollment of the Candidate in classes held in English;
- How the Host affiliation is planning to involve the Candidate in the Institution's activities;
- Are the Candidate and host contact planning to explore potential collaborations?;
- Access to facilities and resources;
- Collaboration with an ongoing project.
Please note that the U.S.-Italy Commission will contact the proposed host institution of semi-finalist candidates and request that the host contact confirm these arrangements.
Although encouraged, candidates are not required to enroll in an Italian university; however, as indicated above, applicants must establish contacts and secure affiliations with an Italian university or research center.
Semi-finalists who are enrolling in a graduate degree program must send the letter of admission as soon as it is available. The Fulbright grant is awarded pending admission into the program.
The Grantee's city of residence in Italy must be the city of the host institution.
Because grantees are encouraged to immerse in the Italian academic system and the local community to fully experience the cultural exchange, affiliations with non-Italian institutions are strongly discouraged. Affiliations with U.S. institutions located in Italy are also discouraged and will be considered only if secondary to the affiliation with an Italian institution, and if “the faculty and student body of the school are primarily nationals of the host country, with courses and research opportunities primarily in non-U.S. subjects.” (FFSB Policies). Applicants are encouraged to contact the Commission if they have doubts about the affiliation they intend to propose.
For information about Italian universities, please consult "Guide to Higher Education in Italy" at http://www.miur.it/guida/guide.htm.
Applicants enrolling in an Italian university must follow the enrollment procedure through the Italian diplomatic missions in the United States.
Information can be downloaded from the following websites:
http://www.miur.it/guida/guide.htm of the Ministry of Education
The award provides a maintenance allowance of Euro 12.700 for 9 months as well as an international travel allowance of Euro 1.100 to cover the costs of a round-trip ticket.
Candidates who are also planning to apply for funds from other sources, or will receive financial assistance from their U.S. institution while in Italy, should contact the Commission to inquire whether these funds can be cumulated with the Fulbright award.
Fulbright grantees are required to arrange their own housing.
Applications in Music and Arts
Candidates should establish contacts with Italian specialists in their fields who teach at Italian institutions (conservatories of music, art academies, or private institutes) and request a letter of affiliation. The Commission does not accept music and art students who wish to study exclusively with private teachers, and the cost of private lessons will not be covered. Additional personal funds will be required to cover costs for private lessons, practice facilities, studio space, purchase of materials, etc.
Grantees must enter Italy on a study visa covering the authorized length of the grant.
Basic information about visas and their application process is available at http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
The possibility to stay for longer periods and/or be accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law.