Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-Fondazione CON IL SUD (Foundation of Southern Italy) Award for Teaching/Research in All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
13573-IT
Activity Type
Teaching
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Approximately
4
Award Start Period
September 2023
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February 2024
Award Length
5 months
-
6 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Italy
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
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 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

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

Fulbright Scholars can either teach, or teach and conduct research, in the area of specialization. 

Teaching: in agreement with their host institutions, Scholars should expect to teach two courses, and provide lectures, seminars, or workshops.

Teaching/Research: in agreement with their host institutions, Scholars will teach one course and provide lectures, seminars, or workshops. They will also conduct a research project, preferably in collaboration with the host faculty. Teaching will constitute the primary activity (at least 60%), and research should be considered secondary.

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.

Locations
Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

One of the 23 universities located in the six regions of southern Italy: Campania, Puglia, Calabria, Sardegna, Basilicata, or Sicilia. Universities can be found at the following link, searching by region: https://www.universitaly.it/index.php/.

This award aims to promote a better knowledge of the South of Italy and to promote knowledge, exchange, and research at universities in the South of Italy.

Award Length and Period

Five to six months.

Grants may begin after September 1, 2023, and should be completed by June 30, 2024. Grant dates are to be arranged with the host institution and indicated in the invitation letter. However, they may be changed later, depending on circumstances, and finalized after selection. Exceptions to the grant length and grant period may be requested; such requests are subject to approval by both the host institution and the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission.

Areas of Interest

Applications are sought in all disciplines. The U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission particularly welcomes projects on contemporary topics and in the sciences and technology.

 

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

The Fulbright Commission's preference is for scholars to teach in English; applicants should confirm the possibility with the host institution. Conversational Italian is helpful to better integrate into the local community.

Additional Qualification Information

Open to faculty of all academic ranks.

Additional Comments

Teaching awards: Applicants should submit a detailed teaching proposal in their application

Teaching/Research awards: Applicants should submit a detailed teaching proposal in their application, as well as a research project. 

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

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.

The Italian Embassy and Consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining visa issues.

Due to restrictions in the Italian Immigration Law, there are potential challenges related to the duration of grantees’ stay in Italy, and to the visa and permit-to-stay for their dependents.

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.

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 a period of 90 days

2. Dependents may enroll in an Italian language course and apply for their own 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 the grant length). Only with the nulla osta will dependents be able to travel to Italy to join the grantee and to apply for a permit to stay for ricongiungimento familiare.

 

Award Allowances

Monthly stipend of €4,780 for a total of €23,900 for five/six months (approximately $4,988 and $24,940; 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 and will be the same whether the Scholar decides to stay five or six months.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

International Travel allowance of €1,100 (approximately $1,148; 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 ($1,460-$2,610 approx.). Rent is usually the major expense, ranging between €600-€1.500 ($627-$1,566 approx.). Individuals’ lifestyles, and choosing to live downtown or on 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.htm

Special Award Benefits

The Fulbright Scholars 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.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.

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 reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Italy

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

HELPFUL LINKS

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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