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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.


1 Fulbright Award for a Laurea Magistrale at the Politecnico di Milano

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
20 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
  • Yes
Award Profile

One award is available for a Laurea Magistrale in Architecture at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, or a Laurea Magistrale in Design at the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano.

Depending on the previous academic degree, the candidate can enroll in any of the Laurea Magistrale in Architecture at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering listed at, or any of the Laurea Magistrale in Design at the School of Design listed at

Both programs are two-year full-time programs taught in English to students from Italy and around the world. The programs provide students with advanced training in the fields of Architectural Design or Design, developing theoretical, humanistic, artistic, and design competencies based on the Italian tradition. Students will explore different housing cultures, new forms and spaces of contemporary cities, the development of new urban settlements in developing countries, innovation in building techniques, and environmental sustainability. The educational path adequately prepares students for the increasing need to face the complexity of problems, and the new professional responsibility of architects both in Europe and worldwide.

Grant Length
20 Months
Grant Period
September Start

Both Laurea Magistrale in Architecture and in Design will begin in September 2025 and end in July 2027.

The exact start and end dates of both programs will be confirmed in late Spring 2025.

In-Country Orientation

Fulbright grantees will be required to participate in a two-to-three-day orientation program organized by the Fulbright Commission in early October.

An online pre-departure orientation will be offered approximately two months before departure.

Candidate Profile

U.S. citizens or nationals with an academic degree in Architecture or Design.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Information about Italy and life in Italy can be found on the following websites:,

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

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 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.

Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

Information is available at

While the application deadline for the Fulbright award is in October 2024, the application for the Politecnico of Milano should be started as early as the beginning of September 2024. 

Applicants are required to submit the standard Fulbright application and are not requested to present a letter of affiliation with the Politecnico di Milano.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

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:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Letter should not be sought
Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition covered in grant benefits

Tuition fees will be covered for two academic years of 9 months each. Should final graduation be delayed beyond July 2027, the grantee will be responsible for covering the cost of the additional stay.

The award provides a maintenance allowance of Euro 12.700 (approx. $13,707) for 9 months as well as an international travel allowance of Euro 1.100 (approx. $1,187) to cover the costs of a round-trip ticket. Please note that allowances are disbursed in Euro currency and that equivalent dollar amounts are approximate and may change depending on exchange rate fluctuations.

The grantee will be responsible for covering the administrative fees mandated by Region Lombardia (regional tax, stamp tax, insurance) for both academic years.

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. 

Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

€1.411 (approx $1,523) monthly stipend amount in
€ [Euro]

The total maintenance allowance is disbursed in four installments: 1° upon arrival in Italy, 2° mid-November, 3° end of February, and 4° upon return to the United States.

Additional Grant Benefits

Fulbright Annual Meeting: Each June, the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission hosts a meeting where U.S. grantees returning to the States after their grant and Italian grantees departing to begin their grant meet, interact, network, and often start relationships that continue in the United States.  The Meeting--a celebration of the Fulbright experience--is held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the United States.  Italian alumni are also invited to participate in the day's activities.  

Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

As a rule, large cities in the North and the Center of Italy are more expensive, while living in the South is less costly, even in larger cities. An average monthly budget for two persons could range between €1.400-€2.500 ($1,533 -$2,737 approx.). Rent is usually the major expense, ranging between €600-€1.500 ($657-$1,642 approx.). Individuals’ lifestyles, and choosing to live downtown versus on the outskirts of a city, can make a difference.  

The following websites could help navigate the costs of living in Italy. While none of them is sponsored by official institutions, the information is provided mostly by international visitors themselves and expats.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Housing Arrangements

The grantee is required to arrange their own housing, but the Politecnico can provide information and assistance to find on-campus or off-campus housing.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Grantees must enter Italy on a study visa covering the authorized length of the grant. The Fulbright-Politecnico di Milano grantee cannot be accompanied by dependents.

The possibility to stay for longer periods is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law. Italian embassy and consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining to visa issues. 

Basic information about visas and their application process is available at

Grantees must apply for a Study Visa (D) at the Italian Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction in the State where they reside. The Commission will support their application with a letter that will be sent to grantees after they have signed the official grant authorization but will not be able to assist grantees in their application procedures. 

Due to restrictions in the Italian Immigration Law, there are potential challenges related to the duration of the grantee's stay in Italy.  The requested duration of the grantee's stay in Italy should not be much longer than the official grant period.  In case of significant discrepancy (more than 30 days overall), the Consulate may reject the grantee's visa request.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Barbara Pizzella:
Chiara Petrilli: