ACIS scholarships for postgraduate research in Italy in 2020

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The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) promotes the activities of research and teaching in the area of Italian Studies in Australasian tertiary institutions. 

ACIS is offering up to three scholarships worth $6000 each to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy in 2020. For one of the awards, the Dino De Poli Scholarship, preference may be given to applications for research on any aspect of the culture, history and society of North East Italy. 

Successful applicants will be expected to spend at least two months in Italy on research. The award must be taken up before 1 December 2020. 

The scholarships are available to students who are:

  • citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand;
  • currently enrolled, full-time or part-time, in Master by research or PhD degrees in a university in Australia or New Zealand; 
  • engaged in research projects in Italian Studies including the fields of archaeology and classical antiquities, language, literature, culture, history, politics and society, and migration studies. 

In addition, applicants must have a knowledge of Italian adequate for their research purposes.

Please note that scholarships will not be awarded to attend language courses in Italy, and that an ACIS scholarship may not be held concurrently with an Italian Government Scholarship. 

Application Guidelines
Applications must contain the following materials:

  • a short cover letter which includes the details of an academic referee (see ‘Referee report’ below), and any other sources of income (postgraduate scholarship, Italian Government scholarship, grants, awards, or financial assistance from any source) obtained prior to, or under consideration for, 2020 in relation to the proposed research project;
  • a research proposal, including its title, detailing the work to be carried out in Italy, including a timetable and budget for the use of the $6000 and, if appropriate, indication of attachment to a scholarly institution in Italy;
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • an official transcript of academic results.

Before writing the research proposal, the ACIS scholarships committee strongly recommends that applicants read the ‘Describing your project’ advice on the Scholarships page of the ACIS website, and obtain their academic supervisor’s advice and feedback in preparing the application. 

Referee report
Applicants must arrange for a confidential reference from an academic staff member familiar with their work to be sent independently of the application. The reference should indicate the applicant’s linguistic proficiency and ability to undertake the proposed research in Italy. It should also assist the committee in understanding how the time in Italy will be used and why it is important for the proposed research project.

The reference should be addressed to:
Ass. Professor Nicholas Eckstein, Chair of the ACIS Scholarships’ Committee, and sent by email directly to

Submission of applications
Applications in Word or PDF format must be submitted as email attachments and sent directly to:
Ass. Professor Nicholas Eckstein, Chair of the ACIS Scholarships’ Committee,

Successful applicants
Prior to departure, successful applicants must provide:

  • proof of Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence; 
  • proof of enrolment at an Australia or New Zealand university for 2020; and 
  • a detailed budget of planned expenditure for the project. 


All enquiries regarding the scholarship should be directed either to
Ass. Prof. Nicholas Eckstein:
Dr. Catherine Kovesi: