The program in Italy is open to scholars and professionals from all disciplines; preferences are indicated under individual award descriptions. Scholars may be invited to give occasional lectures or seminars at various Italian universities. Some of the awards offer free housing (paid for by the host institution), or a financial contribution to offset housing costs.
Preference for candidates who have not already had substantial experience (5 years or more) studying or teaching in an Italian university.
The academic calendar, which is usually divided in two semsters, is generally October to June. However, dates may vary depending on the university.
Entry Visas to Italy : Selected grantees must enter Italy on a study or, in some cases, a research visa covering the authorized length of grant. Information about the two visas and their application process is available at the Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The possibility to stay for longer periods and/or being accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law. Italian embassy and consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining visa issues.
Basic Visa Information: U.S. grantees must apply for a Study Visa (D) at the Italian Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction in the State where they reside. The Commission will support their application with a letter that will be sent to grantees after they have signed the official grant authorization, but will not be able to assist grantees in their application procedures.
Due to restrictions in the Italian Immigration Law, there are potential challenges related to the duration of grantee stay in Italy, and to the visa and permit-to-stay for their dependents.
The requested duration of grantee stay in Italy should not be much longer than the official grant period. In case of significant discrepancy (more than 30 days overall), the Consulate may reject the grantee's visa request.
Grantees who wish to be accompanied to Italy by their family dependents should be aware that the Commission cannot sponsor their dependents’ visas. Available options are:
1. Dependents may stay in Italy without a visa for a period of 90 days
2. Dependents may enroll in an Italian language course and apply for their own study visa (the Commission cannot assist in identifying the course nor does it have the funding to allocate to this purpose)
3. Dependents could apply for a
Ricongiungimento Familiare. The procedure entails that grantees travel to Italy on their own and once they arrive in Italy they must request a nulla osta per il ricongiungimento familiare. The nulla osta will be issued within 180 days from the request which may exceed their grant length. Only then dependents will be able to travel to Italy to join the grantee and to apply for a permit to stay for ricongiungimento familiare
A listing of Italian universities and access to their homepages can be found at
https://www.universitaly.it/index.php/. A valuable search engine can be found at https://cercauniversita.cineca.it/.
Useful links with information about Italian academic system can be found at the
CIMEA website and at the MIUR website.
For further information on the awards, contact Barbara Pizzella, Senior Program Officer at the Commission, at
Fulbright Italy Alumni Meeting September 30 2019 at Museum MAXXI in Rome