ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for postgraduate research in Italy in 2019

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Information for applicants

The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS), in collaboration with the Cassamarca Foundation (Treviso), promotes the activities of research and teaching in the area of Italian Studies in Australasian tertiary institutions. Information on its work can be obtained here.

ACIS is offering UP TO THREE scholarships worth $6,000 each to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy in 2019. For one of the awards, the Dino De Poli Scholarship which honours the President of the Cassamarca Foundation, preference may be given to applications for research on any aspect of the culture, history and society of North East Italy.


The scholarships are available to students who are currently enrolled, full-time or part-time, in Master by research or PhD degrees in a university in Australia or New Zealand and who are engaged in research projects in any of the following areas of Italian Studies: archaeology and classical antiquities, language, literature, culture, history, politics and society, including migration studies.

Successful applicants will be expected to spend at least two months in Italy on research. The award must be taken up before 1 December 2019.

Please note:

  1. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand.
  2. Applicants must already have a knowledge of Italian adequate for their research purposes. Scholarships will not be awarded to attend language courses in Italy.
  3. An ACIS Cassamarca scholarship may not be held concurrently with an Italian Government scholarship.
  4. Tertiary academic staff are not eligible to apply.


Applications must contain the following materials:

  • A short cover letter including 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 or under consideration for 2019 in relation to the research;
  • A research proposal, including its title, detailing the work to be carried out including timetable and budget for the use of the $6000 and, if appropriate, indication of attachment to a scholarly institution in Italy;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • An official transcript of academic results.

Before writing the research proposal, please read the ‘Describing your project’ advice on the ACIS website here.

The committee strongly encourages applicants to get their supervisor’s advice and feedback as they prepare their application.

Prior to departure for Italy, to release the scholarship funds, the successful applicants are required to submit:

  • proof of Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence,
  • proof of enrolment at an Australian or New Zealand university in 2018
  • a detailed indication of planned expenditure

On return from Italy a report on the activities undertaken and the use of the funds must be provided.


Applicants must arrange for a confidential report from an academic staff member familiar with their work to be sent independently of the application by email directly to the following address:

The report should indicate the applicant’s linguistic proficiency and ability to undertake the proposed research in Italy. It should also help the committee understand how the time in Italy will be used and why it is important for the research project.


The Selection Committee is chaired by Associate Professor Nick Eckstein (Sydney). Its other members are Professor Rita Wilson (Monash) and Professor Bernadette Luciano (Auckland). The Committee expects to make its decision by mid-December 2018 and will advise applicants of the outcome as soon as possible thereafter.


Closing date for applications: Sunday 14 October 2018.

Applications in Word or PDF format must be submitted as email attachments directly to the Chair of the Committee, A/Prof Nick Eckstein (Dept of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney) at

He will be happy to respond to any enquiries.