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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.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

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 Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants 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.


U.S. Professor/Administrator

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

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will 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 or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


2 Open Study/Research Award at Fondazione CON IL SUD

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
October Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Award Profile

Scholarships for candidates enrolled in a Ph.D. program who intend to conduct study/research projects at universities in the South of Italy.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
October Start

Grants will begin on October 5, 2024, and end on July 5, 2025 (dates to be confirmed).

In-Country Orientation

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.

Candidate Profile

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.

Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
12 Months

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
  • Doctoral
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
Required - Intermediate

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
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
  1. 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:

  1. Origin of the collaboration;
  2. Role of the Host Contact in the Candidate Project;
  3. Possible enrollment of the candidate in classes held in English;
  4. How the Host affiliation is planning to involve the Candidate in the Institution's activities;
  5. Are the candidate and host contact planning to explore potential collaborations?;
  6. Access to facilities and resources;
  7. 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

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: of the Ministry of Education

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits

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. 

Housing Arrangements

Grantees are required to arrange their own housing.

Dependent financial support is NOT available

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

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

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Barbara Pizzella: