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Each year the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) offers 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. 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 call for applications is usually sent out in mid-year, with a deadline for applications by mid-October and the announcement of the awards by mid-December.


The scholarships are available to students who will be enrolled, full-time or part-time, in Master by research or PhD degrees in a university in Australia or New Zealand and who will be 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.

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


Full details of the application procedure will be contained in the call for applications. Applicants need to include a short cover letter including the details of an  academic referee, a research proposal describing the work, timetable and budget for the use of the award, a curriculum vitae, and an official transcript of academic results.


The current Selection Committee is chaired by Dr Brigid Maher (La Trobe). Its other members are Professor Rita Wilson (Monash) and Associate Professor Nick Eckstein (Sydney).