2 Open Study/Research Award at Fondazione CON IL SUD
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length9 Months
Scholarships for candidates enrolled in a Ph.D. program who intend to conduct study/research projects at universities in the South of Italy.
Grants will begin on October 5, 2024, and end on July 5, 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 Science and Technology
- those whose projects are in innovative and contemporary issues
Preference will be given to candidates interested in conducting the study/research project at a university/institution outside of large cities.
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
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name please select Fondazione CON IL SUD from the drop down menu.
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
- The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support for the grantee's project. Grantees will be required to have affiliations with one of the 23 universities located in the six regions of southern Italy: Campania, Puglia, Calabria, Sardegna, Basilicata, or Sicilia. The aim of this award is to promote a better knowledge of the South of Italy and to promote knowledge exchange and research in South-related issues at universities in the South of Italy. Grantees may also seek affiliation with accredited Italian research institutions in the South.
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 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 academic courses at the University; however, as indicated above, applicants must establish contacts and secure affiliations with a university or research center in the South of Italy.
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.
Grantees are required to arrange their own housing.
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.