Applications are now open for the Italian Government Scholarship. The program is fully funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and offered to foreign citizens in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad for the academic year 2023-2024. This scholarship program aims to foster international cooperation in cultural, scientific, and technological fields, to promote the Italian language and culture and to support Italy’s economic system in the world.
In memory of Ambassador Attanasio and his team members (Vittorio Iacovacci and Mustapha Milambo), a reserve of three scholarships will be provided for candidates coming from Morocco, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, who aim to start or pursue their course of studies in the fields of international relationships, cooperation for development, international humanitarian law and human rights, with a preference for Master’s Degrees classified LM-38 (Modern Languages for communication and cooperation), LM-52 (International relations), LM-62 (Political Sciences), LM-81 (Cooperation for development Sciences), LM-87 (Social services and social policies).
This Government Scholarships are offered for studies and research/training programs in public or legally recognized Italian educational institutions. Scholarships are only available to attend academic institutions on the Italian territory. Applications will be evaluated by a committee set up by the Italian Diplomatic Mission accredited in the applicant’s country of origin.
MAECI grantees from the African continent, speakers of African languages, are offered the opportunity to take part in the WikiAfrica Higher Education Initiative. The program promotes the active participation of students with the aim of making specialized information on Africa available online. The Moleskine Foundation develops the initiative in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation and the Aurora Foundation.
- Host Institution: Public and legally recognized educational institution in Italy.
- Eligible programs: Available training, master, PhD, and research programs at academic institutions in Italy.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: candidate’s program normal duration. Renewable provided that students have satisfactory academic performance.
- Target group: Open to Italian citizens living abroad and foreigners holding certain nationalities.
Italian Government Scholarship Benefits
Selected candidates for this Europe scholarship:
- may be exempted from the payment of enrollment and tuition fees, depending on the policy of each University. Regional Fees are due anyway. The exemption is not applied for Italian language and culture advanced courses, for which the payment of registration fees is required. The Grantees have to contact their University of choice to ascertain whether they can be exempted.
- will be covered by a health and medical/accident insurance contracted by MAECI for the entire duration of the grant. Illnesses depending on pre-existing physical or pathological conditions and dental care are excluded from the insurance coverage. Grantees coming from EU countries are advised to get the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
- will receive a 900 Euros monthly allowance on a quarterly basis, which will be paid on an Italian bank account opened in their name. The first installment of the grant can be received only after the completion of enrollment in the University/Institute and the submission of all the documents requested according to the necessary administrative procedures.
Eligible Countries for the MAECI Scholarship
The MAECI Scholarship is open for Italian citizens living abroad (IRE) and foreigners in Italy holding one of the following countries’ citizenship: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Russian Federation, Philippines, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Jordan, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar,
Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Hungary, Uruguay etc. Please click here to download the full list.
IRE grants are offered for the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Types of Programs Available for the Italian Government Scholarship
Below is the list of programs that are opened for the 2023-2024 Italian Government Scholarship.
I – 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. Admission to the second year is granted to applicants who can prove satisfactory academic progress with their first-year exams.
II – 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 Institute.
III – PhD program
Grants for a Ph.D. program are awarded for a period of study of 6 (six) or 9 (nine) months. To be admitted to a Ph.D. in Italy, applicants need to meet the entry requirements and academic qualifications established by the University; they are also required to provide the admission letter to the Ph.D. from the relevant Italian University.
IV – 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 grant can be awarded to research projects carried out at 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, and others), public or recognized Universities, Museums, and Archives.
Applicants must submit a research project, with the name and contacts (e-mail address) of their supervisor, and provide the invitation/acceptance letter from the host University/Institute.
V – Italian culture and language courses
Grants for Italian language and culture courses are awarded for a period of 3 (three) months exclusively to students attending an Italian course at a university or at an Italian Cultural Institute. Applicants must provide a certification regarding their proficiency in the Italian language. The minimum level required is A2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Note: For some Master’s Degree (Laurea Magistrale) and AFAM courses, enrollment is possible only after passing admission tests. Applicants are urged to verify this or other requirements with the chosen host Institution. Pre-enrollment through the portal universitaly.it/ might also be mandatory.
Italian Government Scholarship Eligibility
Applicants who will meet the following requirements by the deadline may apply for a grant.
- Academic qualifications: Applications must only be submitted by foreign and Italian students living abroad (IRE) holding an appropriate academic qualification required to enroll in the Italian University/Institute (Please click here for more information)
- Age requirements :
- Applicants for Master’s Degree/Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM) Programmes/ Italian Language and Culture advanced Courses should have attained the age of majority and shall not exceed the age of 28 years (born after June 9th 1994) by the application deadline of this call, with the sole exception of renewals.
- Applicants for PhD Programmes should have attained the age of majority and shall not exceed the age of 30 years (born after June 9th, 1992) by the deadline of this call, with the sole exception of renewals.
- Applicants for Research Projects under academic supervision should have attained the age of majority and shall not exceed the age of 40 years (born after June 9th 1982) by the deadline of this call.
- Language proficiency :
- Italian-taught courses: In order to enroll in an Italian-taught course, applicants must provide a certification regarding their proficiency in the Italian language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Candidates who were enrolled in an Italian-taught course or in an Italian language course at University may submit a language certification, issued by the person in charge of the courses, certifying the Italian language level required.
- English-taught courses: In order to enroll in an English-taught course, applicants must provide a language certification regarding their proficiency in the English Language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A self-certification may be accepted for candidates from countries where English is an official language. Candidates in possession of an English-taught Bachelor’s degree may submit a document certifying that the study program of their Bachelor’s degree was entirely held in English. No proof of proficiency in Italian is required for courses entirely taught in English.
- Italian language and culture advanced courses: For Italian language and culture courses, applicants must provide a certification of their proficiency in the Italian language. The minimum level required is A2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Candidates who were enrolled in an Italian language or Italian-taught course at the University of Italian Cultural Institute may submit a language certification issued by the person in charge of the courses, certifying the Italian language level required.
- PhD programs and Research projects under academic supervision: No proof of language proficiency is required for PhD programs and Research under academic supervision.
- Japanese Government MEXT Scholarships;
- Singapore Government Scholarship;
- Government of Romania MEAT Scholarship.
How to Apply for this Italian Government Scholarship
Eligible candidates who would like to apply for this government scholarship should click on the apply button below to create an account and follow instructions to submit their applications.
Note : Applicants who have received a MAECI grant in the Academic Year 2022-2023 may apply through ordinary procedures to continue or complete a multi-year degree course (Master’s Degrees and PhD programs) according to the legal duration of the course. In short, this scholarship is renewable each year upon satisfactory progress till the end of the program.
Any renewal of the scholarship is granted only to regularly enrolled applicants who can prove satisfactory academic progress (a minimum of 15 University Credits (CFU) required). For Ph.D. programs, it will be necessary to provide a positive evaluation letter from the tutor.
Applications must be sent exclusively through the Study in Italy portal. Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport or identity card. They must upload a legible photocopy of the document at the time of registration, under penalty of exclusion. Applicants meet the above eligibility requirement by the deadline.
Note: The grant is incompatible with any other grant offered by the Italian Government or any other Italian public institution, including the scholarships provided by educational regional authorities and agencies. The Grant is compatible with other European programs, such as Erasmus and Erasmus+, and other scholarships offered by international institutions. Still, it will not be paid for the periods of study outside Italy.
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The application deadline is , 2 pm CET. Please visit the official page for more details on the Italian Government Scholarship.