Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
October 2023
April 2024
Award Length
3 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Teaching and Teaching/Research Grants: Fulbright Scholars will be expected to teach or teach/conduct research in area of specialization. Teaching will be preferably but not exclusively at the graduate level.

Other activity: Fulbright Scholars are strongly encouraged to participate in ongoing activities of the host department. They may be invited to consult on curriculum, program, and faculty development, and may have the opportunity to conduct seminars and workshops.

Research Grants: Fulbright Scholars will be expected to conduct research in the area of specialization and encouraged to give occasional lectures or seminars.

Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Italian universities, research centers, or any other appropriate Italian institution. Affiliation with a university in the South of Italy is encouraged. 

Grantees will be required to live in the city where the host institution is located.

A listing of Italian universities and access to their homepages can be found at https://www.universitaly.it/index.php/. A valuable search engine can be found at https://cercauniversita.cineca.it/. 

Award Length and Period

Grants may begin any time after October 1, 2023, and should be completed by June 30, 2024. Grant dates are to be arranged directly with the host institution and indicated in the letter of invitation to be submitted with the application. However, in case of a change in the grantee's and host institution's plans, it will be possible to modify the dates at a later date.  Grantees who will need to stay for a longer period will have the option to stay, though the total number of months cannot exceed four. The Commission will sponsor their study visa application, however, they will not receive an extension of their Fulbright stipend. 

Areas of Interest

Applications in all specializations will be considered, with a preference for projects on contemporary topics.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Candidates must arrange their own affiliation and include a letter of invitation from the host institution in support of the candidacy, indicating also the dates of their grants.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

Teaching and Teaching/Research Grants: Italian language fluency may be required for teaching, depending on the host university's preference. Conversational Italian is helpful to better integrate into the local community, even for those who will be able to teach in English.

Research Grants: For applicants without local language proficiency, the feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement. Conversational Italian is helpful to better integrate into the local community.

Additional Qualification Information

Teaching and Teaching/Research Grants: Open to faculty of all academic ranks.

Research Grants: Open to faculty of all academic ranks, as well as to artists with documented artistic experience of at least seven years.

Additional Comments

Applicants to Teaching awards should submit a detailed teaching proposal.

Applicants to Research awards should submit a detailed research project indicating research facilities in Italy such as laboratories, archives, libraries, and other research institutions where they will have access.

Applicants to a Teaching/Research award should submit a proposal detailing the teaching and research components.

Visa Information: Please see Country Overview.

Award Allowances

Monthly stipend of €3,200 for a total of €9,600 for three months (approximately $3,606 and $10,817; the amounts may change depending on exchange rate fluctuations). The award, which is a maintenance allowance for the entire period, is disbursed in Euro currency. 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

International Travel allowance of €1,100 (approximately $1,239, the amount may change depending on fluctuations of the exchange rate). The allowance is disbursed in Euro currency.

Estimated Cost of Living

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 ($1.582-$2.825 approx.). Rent is usually the major expense, ranging between €600-€1.500 ($678-$1.695 approx.). Individuals’ lifestyles, and choosing to live downtown or in the outskirts of a city can make a difference. The following websites could be helpful in navigating 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. https://wise.com/gb/blog/cost-of-living-in-italy https://internationalliving.com/countries/italy/cost-of-living-in-italy/ https://www.mondayfeelings.com/cost-to-live-in-italy/ https://www.internationalcitizens.com/living-abroad/costs/italy.php https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Italy https://www.forextradingitalia.it/costo-della-vita/italia.html

Special Award Benefits

The Fulbright Scholar will be eligible for the Fulbright Inter-country Travel Grant Program, http://www.fulbright.it/fulbright-intercountry/, to receive a travel grant to lecture, hold workshops, and conduct other relevant outreach activity at other Italian and European academic institutions.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The program in Italy is open to scholars and professionals from all disciplines; preferences are indicated under individual award descriptions. Scholars may be invited to give occasional lectures or seminars at various Italian universities. Some of the awards offer free housing (paid for by the host institution), or a financial contribution to offset housing costs.

Preference for candidates who have not already had substantial experience (5 years or more) studying or teaching in an Italian university.

The academic calendar, which is usually divided into two semesters, is generally October to June. However, dates may vary depending on the university.

Entry Visas to Italy: Selected grantees must enter Italy on a study or, in some cases, a research visa covering the authorized length of the grant. Information about the two visas and their application process is available at the Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The possibility of staying for longer periods and/or being accompanied by dependents 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 Visa Information: U.S. 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 grantee stay in Italy, and the visa and permit-to-stay for their dependents.

The requested duration of the grantee 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.

Grantees who wish to be accompanied to Italy by their family dependents should be aware that the Commission cannot sponsor their dependents’ visas. Available options are:

1.              Dependents may stay in Italy without a visa for 90 days

2.              Dependents may enroll in an Italian language course and apply for their study visa (the Commission cannot assist in identifying the course, nor does it have the funding to allocate for this purpose)

3.              Dependents could apply for a Ricongiungimento Familiare. The procedure entails that grantees travel to Italy on their own and once they arrive in Italy they must request a nulla osta per il ricongiungimento familiare. The nulla osta will be issued within 180 days from the request, which may exceed their grant length. Only then will dependents be able to travel to Italy to join the grantee and to apply for a permit to stay for ricongiungimento familiare


A listing of Italian universities and access to their homepages can be found at https://www.universitaly.it/index.php/. A valuable search engine can be found at https://cercauniversita.cineca.it/. 

Useful links with information about the Italian academic system can be found at the CIMEA website and the MIUR website.  

To view more about life in Italy, visit here: https://madeinitaly.gov.it/en/

For further information on the awards, contact Barbara Pizzella, Senior Program Officer at the Commission, at bpizzella@fulbright.it.


Fulbright Italy Alumni Meeting September 30, 2019, at Museum MAXXI in Rome


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