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Each year ACIS offers scholarships (currently up to three, 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. Successful applicants are expected to spend at least two months in Italy on research.


The scholarships are available to students are or 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.

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. The scholarship will not be awarded to attend a language course in Italy.
  3. The Cassamarca scholarship may not be held concurrently with an Italian Government scholarship.
  4. Tertiary academic staff are not eligible to apply for a scholarship.


Details and dates of the application process are published here each year in August. The deadline for submitting applications is usually at the end of October.


The Selection Committee is chaired by Dr Brigid Maher (La Trobe). Its other members are Professor Rita Wilson (Monash) and Associate Professor Nick Eckstein (Sydney). The Committee usually makes its decision by mid-December and advises applicants of the outcome as soon as possible thereafter.

Brigid Maher is happy to respond to any enquiries about the scholarships.

Dr Brigid Maher
Italian Studies
School of Humanities
La Trobe University
VIC 3086

T: 03 9479 2448