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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. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant 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.

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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. 

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Italy

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1 Fulbright/Deafness Studies Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
6 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

This scholarship allows a graduate student to conduct research, to teach, and/or collaborate on new projects in deafness-related fields in Italy.

Grant Period

6 Months

Grants will begin in January 2022.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Candidate Profile

Graduate students with an interest and background in deafness related studies, with at least some experience in the area of the proposed project, will be considered.

Proposals should involve research, teaching, and/or collaboration on projects aimed at improving the lives of deaf and/or deaf-blind children; improving the lives of deaf adults; improving infrastructure accessibility for deaf individuals; strengthening specific areas of expertise that are lacking in Italy.

Examples include:

  • early intervention for deaf and/or deaf-blind children;
  • deaf education;
  • specialized teaching methods for deaf-blind children;
  • bilingualism and bi-culturalism;
  • school psychology;
  • clinical psychology;
  • counseling;
  • theater education;
  • art education;
  • interpreter education;
  • teaching ASL to deaf students;
  • teaching English through ASL;
  • developing tools that will contribute to creating a positive environment where deaf and/or deaf-blind people can enjoy free and total access to curriculum and the world around them.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency and Romance language proficiency is required. Preference will be given to applicants with proficiency in Italian. 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: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

When developing proposals and for information regarding project ideas, feasibility and possible host institutions, applicants for grants in deafness are encouraged to contact:

  • Dr. Miriam Grottanelli de Santi, Director of the Siena School for Liberal Arts in Siena, and President of the Mason Perkins Deafness Fund Onlus, Siena at m.grottanelli@sienaschool.com
  • Dr. Stefania Fadda, Director of the Centro Assistenza per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi ONLUS (CABSS), Rome at stefania.fadda@cabss.it

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Tuition and fees are not covered by the award.

Ineligibility

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 period and reasons.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, Award Name please select Italy Deafness Studies from the drop down menu.

Entry Visa

Grantees must enter Italy on a study visa covering the authorized length of 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 being accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.it/fulbright-us-student-program/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Barbara Pizzella