2 Fulbright/Casten Family Foundation Award at the University of Gastronomic Sciences
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length13 Months
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
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's 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 to become professionals who will be cultural mediators in 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.
Grants will begin in October 2024 and will end in October 2025.
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 start and end dates of the Master's program will be confirmed during Summer 2024.
The grantees will be required to participate in a one-to-two-day orientation program organized by the Fulbright Commission in mid-October 2024.
An online pre-departure orientation will be offered approximately two months before departure.
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.
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.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name please select Casten Slow Foods from the drop down menu.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Italian language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process, but is strongly recommended. While the program is delivered in 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
Letter should not be sought
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.
Housing will also be covered as part of the award during the 10-month Master's course.
The award provides an international travel allowance of Euro 1.100 to cover the costs of a round-trip ticket.
Housing will be provided by the University.
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.