Fully Funded Italian Government Postgraduate Scholarships for International Students, 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) offers grants in favor of foreign citizens not residing in Italy* and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)** for the academic year 2019-2020 in order to foster international cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, to promote Italian language and culture and to support Italy’s economic system in the world (According to Law 288/55 and its subsequent changes and additions).

The grants are only available to attend academic courses in Italy.

  •  Master’s Degree (Laurea Magistrale 2° ciclo)
    • Grants for Master’s Degree courses are awarded for a period of study of 6 (six) or 9 (nine) months.
    • Admission to the first year of a Master’s Degree course in Italy requires the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the applicants’ country of origin; admission to the second year is granted to applicants upon evidence to be on track with their first year studies.
  • Courses of Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM)
    • Grants for Courses of Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM) are awarded for a period of study of 6 (six) or 9 (nine) months.
    • To be admitted to an Italian AFAM Institute, applicants need to meet the entry requirements and academic qualifications established by the relevant University/Institute.
  • PhD program
    • Grants for a PhD program are awarded for a period of study of 6 (six) or 9 (nine) months.
    • To be admitted to a PhD in Italy, applicants need to meet the entry requirements and academic qualifications established by the University; they are also required to provide a letter of acceptance on behalf of the relevant Italian University.
  • Research under academic supervision (Progetti in co-tutela)
    • Grants for a research under academic supervision are awarded for a period of study of 6 (six) or 9 (nine) months.
    • This type of grants can be awarded to research projects carried out at the Italian Research Institutions (i.e Italian Research Council – CNR, Italian National Institute of Health – ISS,
    • Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics – INFN, Italian National Institute for Astrophysics – INAF, The Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research – ISPRA) under the academic supervision of public Universities or Museums and Archives.
    • Applicants must submit a research project and the letter of admission on behalf of the host University/Institute; they are also required to provide the name and contacts (e-mail address) of their supervisors.
    • Note: Admission to some Master’s Degree courses or AFAM Institutes require an admission test. Please refer to the relevant University/AFAM Institute to check whether an admission test is required.
  • Italian Language and Culture Courses
    • Grants for Italian language and culture courses are awarded exclusively for a period of 3 (three) months to students currently attending an Italian course at a University or at an Italian Cultural Institute.

Location:

Italy

 Benefits

  • Tuition Fees
    • Grantees may be exempted from the payment of enrollment and tuition fees depending on the policy of each University.
    • Exemptions are not granted for courses in Italian language and culture, for which enrollment fees are due.
  • Health and Medical Insurance
    • Grantees will be covered by a health and medical/accident insurance contracted by MAECI for the entire duration of the grant.
    • Insurance coverage will not apply to events derived from pre-existing physical and pathological conditions.
  • Terms of Grant
    • Grantees will receive a 900 Euros monthly allowance on a quarterly basis, which will be paid on their Italian bank account.
    • The first installment of the grant can be received only after the completion of University enrollment and the submission of all the documents requested according to the necessary administrative procedures.
    • The MAECI will begin the disbursment procedures at the end of each quarter. Individual payments will therefore commence after that period.
    • The last installment of the grant will be paid only upon verification of satisfactory academic progress.

 Eligibilities

  • Applicants who will meet the following requirements by the deadline of this call (May 30th, 2019, 2 p.m. C.E.T.) may apply for a grant.
  • Academic qualifications
    • Applications must only be submitted by foreign students not residing in Italy* and by Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)** holding an appropriate academic qualification required to enroll to the Italian University/Institute
  • Age requirements
    • Applicants for Master’s Degree/Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM) Programmes/ Italian Language and Culture Courses should not be over 28 years old by the deadline of this call (May 30th, 2019), with the sole exception of renewals.
    • Applicants for PhD Programmes should not be over 30 years old by the deadline of this call (May 30th, 2019), with the sole exception of renewals.
    • Applicants for Research Projects under academic supervision should not be over 40 years old by the deadline of this call (May 30th, 2019).
  • Language proficiency
    • Italian-taught courses
      • In order to enroll in an Italian-taught course, applicants must provide a certificate of their proficiency in Italian language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
      • Candidates who were enrolled in Italian course at the University may submit a language certification issued by a language teacher of the University department.
    • English-taught courses
      • In this case applicants must provide a language certificate of their proficiency in English Language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
      • Proof of proficiency in Italian is not required for courses entirely taught in English.
      • Self-certification may be valid for candidates from countries where English is an official language and who are applying for courses held entirely in English.
    • Italian language and culture courses
      • For Italian language and culture courses, applicants must provide a certificate of their proficiency in Italian language. The minimum level required is A2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
      • Candidates who were enrolled in Italian course at the University may submit a language certification issued by a language teacher of the University department.

Eligible Regions: Multiple Regions (Please refer to the official website)

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Applicants must complete and submit the online application form available upon registration.
  • They recommend choosing a frequently used email address; subsequent communications will be sent to the chosen address.
  • Applications must be submitted by 2 pm C.E.T. May 30th, 2019.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2019 (29 Days Remaining)

Application Form

Official Scholarship Website