Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) is offering grants for the academic year 2023-2024 to foreign citizens not residing in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)*. The initiative aims to promote international cultural, scientific, and technological cooperation, bolster Italian language and culture, and support Italy’s global economic system (as per Law 288/55 and subsequent amendments).

Programs Available:

The grants are intended for study, training, and/or research programs at Italian Higher Education Institutes, including public and legally recognized institutions. Eligible programs include Master’s Degree (Laurea Magistrale 2° ciclo), Courses of Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM), PhD programs, Research under academic supervision (Progetti in co-tutela), and Italian Language and Culture Courses.

Target Group:

The scholarship is open to students from eligible foreign countries.

Scholarship Details:

Tuition Fees:

Grantees may be exempted from enrollment and tuition fees, depending on each University’s policy. Exemption does not apply to courses in Italian language and culture, which require enrollment fees.
Health and Medical Insurance:

Grantees receive coverage under a health and medical/accident insurance contracted by MAECI for the entire grant duration. Coverage excludes events stemming from pre-existing physical and pathological conditions.
Financial Grant:

Grantees receive a monthly allowance of 900 Euros on a quarterly basis, deposited in their Italian bank account.

Scholarship duration can be six or nine months, depending on the course type. Renewals are contingent upon satisfactory academic progress.
Eligibility Criteria:

Academic qualifications:

Open to foreign students not residing in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)* with appropriate academic qualifications for enrollment in an Italian University/Institute.
Age limits:

Vary based on the program:
Master’s Degree/Higher Education in AFAM/Italian Language and Culture Courses: 28 years (exceptions for renewals).
PhD Programs: 30 years (exceptions for renewals).
Research Projects under academic supervision: 40 years.
Language skills:

Proficiency in Italian (B2 level) for Italian-taught courses. English proficiency (B2 level) for English-taught courses. No language proof required for PhD programs and Research under academic supervision.
Application Process:
Applicants must complete and submit the online application form on the official website by 2 pm (Central European Time), 9 June 2024
official website: Grants for foreign and Italian citizens living abroad awarded by the Italian Government – Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale

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