Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award in Environmental Sciences at the University of Naples Parthenope

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
February 2024
Award Length
3 months
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Environmental Sciences
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

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

The Fulbright Distinguished Scholar is expected to teach two courses:

i) 24 hours (3 hours/week) to both undergrad and master students (up to 40 students) at the Department of Science and Technology ;

ii) 24 hours of lectures to Ph.D. students (up to 20 students), both in the specialization areas of the Scholar.

Students have their own learning materials (books, internet access, laptops, etc.) but readings from the visiting Professor are welcome. The content of specific modules, as well as the related syllabus, will be proposed by the selected candidate in accordance with the Fulbright Program Coordinator of the University of Naples Parthenope. Applicants are encouraged to contact the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission for more information.

Other grant activities:

The Scholar will have the possibility to interact with Ph.D. students of the International Ph.D. Programs “Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development” ( www.ersd.uniparthenope.it ) and “Environmental phenomena and risk” (https://international.uniparthenope.it/phd/environmental-phenomena-and-risks/ ), both based at the Department of Science and Technology of Parthenope University.

The Scholar will be involved in the development of the research activities of the UNESCO chair in “Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development” ( www.unescochair.uniparthenope.it ) based at the Department of Science and Technology of Parthenope University.

The Scholar will conduct research activities in one or more of his/her specialization areas in collaboration with faculties of the Department of Science and Technology of Parthenope University.

Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail

Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope: https://en.uniparthenope.it/

School of Science, Engineering, and Health, Department of Science and Technology, https://www.scienzeetecnologie.uniparthenope.it

Award Length and Period

Three or four months

February 2024 (spring semester). 

Areas of Interest

Systems ecology, Human ecology, Natural capital and Ecosystem services assessment, Environmental Accounting, Life Cycle Assessment, Urban and social metabolism, Marine spatial planning, Ecological informatics, Ecological-economics, Sustainability.

Special Features

The Ph.D. Program “Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development” at the Department of Science and Technology has been awarded the UNESCO Chair on “Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development”. The office of the UNESCO Chair has a major international network (with 20 partners in 4 continents) through which the selected candidate will have the opportunity to interact with several Institutions in Italy and abroad.

The Department has 3 main teaching/research areas: Biology, Informatics, and Marine sciences. The selected candidate will interact with faculties of the Department of Science and Technology to perform joint research proposals, research projects, and publications.

The University of Naples Parthenope is a State Research University in Naples, one of the most exciting cities in Italy. The University was founded in 1919 upon request of Vice Admiral Leonardi Cattolica. Currently, the University’s system comprises four locations, mostly located in the city center and well connected by public transport: Headquarters, Pacanowski Palace, Centro Direzionale, and Villa Doria d’Angri. The main campus of the University is in the historical complex of the 16th century “Officine della Real Fonderia,” close to the Maschio Angioino Castle (Castel Nuovo). Both the headquarters and the Pakanowski Palace are near the Plebiscito Square and Toledo Street in the heart of the city.

University of Naples Parthenope is well known for its institutional role of helping young students to develop their talent, offering undergraduate and master’s degree programs across seven departments and colleges: Management and Quantitative Studies, Business and Economic Studies, Economic and Legal Studies, Law, Engineering, Science and Technology, and Physical and Wellness Sciences. Jointly, they led significant growth in the Institute, from about 1,000 students in 1985 to about 16,000 today.The University’s core aims are the promotion, development, direct application, enhancement, and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development of society. Throughout the approximately one hundred years since the University's foundation, its most profound and characterizing feature has remained unchanged: the ability to interact with the current social context and to continuously engage with its evolving demands.

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 should not be sought.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

Conversational Italian is helpful to better integrate in the local community, but it is not mandatory.

Additional Qualification Information

Successful candidates must have at least seven years of post-doctoral experience.

Additional Comments

Academic Calendar:

Fall Semester: 1st October-31st January – Exams in February
Spring Semester: 1st March-30 June – Exams in July

Courses taught by Fulbright scholars are shorter than regular core courses at an Italian university and scholars will be able to complete all academic activity during the award period.  

Award Allowances

Monthly stipend of €6,000 (approx. $6,761) for a total of €24,000 (approx. $27,043) for four months, €18,000 (approx $20,282) for three months. The amounts in $ may change depending on exchange rate fluctuations. The award covers the entire period and 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 exchange rate fluctuations). 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 University of Naples Parthenope cannot provide free housing but will help the Scholar to find suitable accommodation. The approximate monthly cost is between €800 (approx. $901)  and €1000 (approx. $1,127). Daily meals €20 (approx $22.50), single bus or metro ticket €1.50 (approx. $1.69).

The University will provide and office and related resources, including a desk, computer, copier, phone, fax, internet access, and a personal internet account.  The International Project & Research Office at the University is available to support the Scholar for any additional needs related to accommodation, bureaucracy, language courses, other local resources at University and city level.

Several cultural events are organized by the University as well as by the city administration and cultural institutions. Most of them are free and the University will keep the Scholar informed about their calendar and other details.

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


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.


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