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    Ministero degli Affari Esteri
    DGSP - Uf f ic io VI I
    ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-2012
    Study grants are awarded by the Italian Government to foreigners as a contribution
    toward their studies and research in Italy, aiming at spreading the Italian language,
    culture and sciences abroad and at promoting cultural, economic and technological
    cooperation worldwide.
    Special study grants are available to Italian citizens legally residing in Australia,
    Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, Syria,
    South Africa, Tunisia, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela. Italian
    citizens that work in any capacity for the public administration and living temporarily
    abroad, and their dependents, are not eligible.
    Study grants are awarded for study or research at the following types of legally
    accredited institutions:
    o universities or university or poly-technical institutes;
    o institutes for advanced artistic or musical training;
    o restoration institutes;
    o National School of Cinema;
    o research labs or centres, libraries, archives and museums associated with
    graduate and undergraduate university courses in which the candidate is
    obliged to enrol.
    Grants may not be awarded for study in the following contexts:
    o foreign institutions (universities, academies, libraries, schools of any sort) even
    if located in Italy;
    o non-accredited private research centres or labs.
    The only exceptions are the European University Institute - an intergovernmental
    university institution linked with community institutions - and legally accredited
    private universities, for courses leading to educational credentials with legal value in
    Applicants may request Study grants for:
    · BRIEF LANGUAGE COURSES (3 months): possibly in preparation for
    enrolment in university and post-university degree courses in Italy.
    · INDIVIDUAL UNIVERSITY COURSES: all subjects are included; at the
    end of the course the grant holder will be required to pass the relevant
    · DEGREE COURSES: since enrolment in certain degree courses involves a
    selection process, in accordance with Law no. 264/99, applicants are advised to
    submit alternative study programmes, even at more than one university, in
    order to avoid suspension of the grant in the case of non-admission to the
    course of study chosen. The same type of study and degree must be
    be completed at advanced music, art and dance training institutes (academies,
    conservatories, ISIA, etc.), at institutes of restoration and the National School
    of Cinema, for which a high school diploma is required.
    OF ITALIAN (1 or 3 months): Italian language and culture courses are
    reserved for non-Italian teachers of the Italian language and university students
    of Italian enrolled for at least 3 years. Grants are awarded for the study of the
    Italian language, and the teaching of it, at the universities for Foreigners in
    Perugia, Siena and Rome (Roma Tre) or other accredited institutions that issue
    certificates of Italian as a Second Language (L2).
    · POST-GRADUATE UNIVERSITY COURSES: Courses for the Masters I
    and II level (of at least one academic year’s duration), research doctorate (PhD)
    and specialisations:
    o RESEARCH DOCTORATE. Each individual university has its own
    rules for admission to the doctorate in research, and it is recommended
    that these be consulted by checking the institution’s internet site. Since
    this is generally a competitive selection process, in order to increase the
    chances of success it would be advisable to apply to several universities.
    For grant renewals see III.13.
    o MASTERS. The diplomatic representations will see to it that grant
    candidates are informed of the high costs involved and the possibility
    that the masters programme will require studying in institutions outside
    of Italy, sometimes for months at a time. Moreover, admission to a
    masters programme often involves a selection process and a minimum
    number of students, therefore the grant holder should be informed of the
    real possibility of enrolling in the course since there is the risk of losing
    the grant benefit if the masters course is annulled.
    o SCHOOL OF SPECIALISATION. Excluding medical disciplines
    (see Law no. 257 of 08.08.1991).
    · RESEARCH: in all disciplines, with the obligation of enrolment in and
    attendance of undergraduate and post-graduate university courses. A letter of
    acceptance from the Dean of the academic institution is compulsory. At the
    end of the course the grant holder will be required to take an exam; such
    obligation does not exist for grant holders enrolled at the CNR, at the Istituto
    Superiore di Sanità and at other similar research institutions.
    With the sole exception of brief Italian language and culture courses (1 or 3 months),
    the study grants awarded are for 9 months. Applications for grants of a different
    duration cannot be accepted.
    Grant recipients are reminded that payment of monthly allowance will start in
    January 2012.
    Awarded grants are to be used exclusively during the academic year 2011-2012.
    To be eligible for study grants (except the case of language course), students must
    have the following prerequisites:
    II.1. Knowledge of the Italian language
    Knowledge of the Italian language is indispensable and must be certified or
    ascertained in an interview at the Italian Cultural Institute or at the Cultural Office of
    the local Italian diplomatic Mission or at the Italian studies Department of the
    applicant’s university.
    II. 2. Educational Credentials
    Candidates must have the credentials requested for enrolment in the institution of
    their choice (see provisions issued by the Ministry of Education (MUIR) for 2011-
    2014 at MIUR - Universit). All
    credentials and certificates of study must be submitted along with their Italian
    translation, which must be certified as conforming with the foreign language texts by
    the Italian diplomatic Mission, i.e. by an official translator along with a statement
    attesting (dichiarazione di valore in loco) the authenticity of the credentials prepared
    by the Italian diplomatic Mission.
    · Degree courses at Italian universities: the candidate must have a secondary
    school diploma valid for the enrolment in a university.
    · Masters programmes (I or II level) at Italian universities: candidates must
    have a degree equal to the Italian baccalaureate (Bachelor’s degree), along with
    any other documentation that may be required by the chosen institution.
    · Individual courses: the certificate of enrolment issued by the university for
    foreigners is usually sufficient.
    · Art and music institutes: it requires certification of having concluded a cycle
    of secondary school studies valid for admission to accredited State academies
    or conservatories.
    · Italian language and culture courses: a secondary school diploma is
    II.3 Age Limits
    The age limit for obtaining a study grant is cited in bilateral Cultural Agreement
    Executive Programmes. Where not expressly established, the age limit is 35 years.
    However, this age limit does not apply to applicants who are Italian language
    teachers and actively engaged in teaching Italian.
    With the exception of the provisions stated in Cultural Agreement Executive
    Programmes, in no case grants can be awarded to anyone who would still be below
    the age of 18 during the period covered by the grant.
    Considering the varying age limits established by different institutions, it is
    recommended to check such detail directly with the institution (the National Cinema
    School, for example, has an age limit of 27).
    III.1 Presentation and expiration of Application. After registering at
    Borse in rete , applicants will be able to access
    a multilingual on-line application form. After specifying language, country of
    nationality and whether the application is new or a renewal, the applicant then
    fills out the form; a draft can be saved and changed up until its final submission.
    If necessary, applicants can request help filling out the form at their nearest
    Italian Diplomatic Mission or Cultural Institute.
    Passport digital image’s Upload.
    The on line application must be completed by uploading a digital image of the
    passport showing the applicant’s photo.
    On-line forms must be submitted by May 2nd, 2011.
    Please remember to check (by asking the Italian Mission) if you also need to send the
    diplomatic mission the Application Form printed in paper form and signed, with
    passport-style photo attached.
    Applicants may also send via email to the Italian Mission: Letters of introduction
    from academic authorities (not required if applicant is unable to produce them due to
    difficult political conditions, as in the case of refugees or displaced persons); Letter
    of acceptance (where required) from the host institution.
    The on line procedures specified above are compulsory for grant consideration.
    The Italian Mission will verify the on line application compliance with the rules and
    send an e-mail informing the applicant whether the application has been
    CORRECTLY or INCORRECTLY filled out. In the latter case it will specify the
    reasons (i. e. age limits) for the applicant’s exclusion from the selection process.
    At the end of the Commission’s evaluation, applicants selected will be asked via
    e-mail to complete their applications and, by a specified date, to present
    themselves at the Italian diplomatic Mission in order to submit the following
    o Passport or other valid ID paper.
    o Citizenship Certificate.
    o Original version of all the study and academic titles declared in the on-line
    o Signed Letter of Commitment
    o Non EU grant holders must present a medical certificate ensuring the
    applicant’s good health, accompanied by a translation in Italian (legally
    recognised by Italian Authorities), in order to issue the compulsory insurance
    Applicants selected will receive the Memorandum for Grant Holders and an
    Insurance Policy Information Sheet by e-mail from the Italian diplomatic Mission.
    The final assignment of grants is subject to the approval the DGSP-Office VII.
    Once the approval is received, the Italian Mission will issue the “Declaration of Grant
    Assignment” (Annex 7) to the grant recipients before their departure. The Italian
    Mission will indicate the duration of the grant, which will begin when the Course will
    actually start.
    The grant does not include the period of the university admission process. The
    “Declarations of Grant Assignment” will therefore be issued only after applicants
    have passed such admission procedures.
    The Italian Mission will also give the grant holder the two following papers: “Grant
    recipient’s Memorandum” (Annex 8); “Insurance information paper” (Annex 9).
    Once it received the approval from the DGSP – Office VII, the Italian Diplomatic
    Mission will send via email the pre-enrolment applications (and the relevant
    documentation) to the university institutions. Provisions regarding foreign students
    enrolment for the academic year 2011-2012 and deadlines are also available on the
    Italian MFA’s website (Ministero degli Affari Esteri ).
    Actual enrolment is carried out upon the grant recipient’s arrival in Italy, who is
    obliged to notify the DGSP – Office VII within 14 days after the arrival in Italy by
    sending a certified copy of his/her enrolment.
    Selected recipients who decline to accept a study grant must notify the DGSP –
    Office VII. Transfers or changes of location must be communicated for the requested
    authorisation prior to the start of the grant period to the DGSP-Office VII or risk
    grant withdrawal.
    No changes regarding the selected University, course of study or subject will be
    allowed, once the grant has been assigned.
    If required, each grant recipient must obtain a study visa valid for the entire period
    covered by the grant. Only EU members and citizens of Countries with ad hoc
    bilateral agreements are exempted.
    Within 8 days upon their arrival in Italy, grant recipients must present themselves to
    the Ufficio Stranieri (Foreigners Office) of the Questura (Police Station) of the city
    where they plan to study, in order to obtain a “Permesso di Soggiorno” (Residence
    Permit). In addition to the documentation that will be requested by the Questura, the
    grant recipient must present the “Declaration of Grant Assignment” issued by the
    Italian Mission.
    Prepaid air tickets are provided only if stated by the Executive Protocol of the
    Cultural Agreement. For IRE only if the grant lasts 9 months.
    With regard to the issuance of prepaid tickets, a separate ticket request must be made
    for each individual grant recipient, including name, surname and date of departure, at
    least 30 days prior to the departure, so that the DGSP-Office VII can provide the
    issuance of a prepaid dated ticket. For the return trip the grant recipient will have to
    contact Office VII of the DGSP, which will provide for the issuance of the ticket.
    Tickets cannot be issued for destinations other than the location where the grant
    recipient is planning to study. However, it is to be pointed out that the airports to be
    used for arrival and departure in Italy must always be either Rome or Milan in case
    there are no direct flights from the city of origin to the place where the University
    chosen by the grant holder is located.
    The grant recipient’s right to a prepaid ticket is associated with the period in which
    the grant is to be used. Therefore, in case the grant holder plans to stay longer than
    the grant’s deadline, in order to receive the return air ticket, the grant recipient must
    inform the DGSP - Office VII, providing the study-related reasons for prolonging the
    educational experience in Italy. However, do bear in mind that the return ticket right
    expires six months after the conclusion of the grant.
    Grant recipients are to receive the allowances on a quarterly basis, with the
    exception of grants for Italian language courses of one or three months, for which
    payments will be made within the period during which they take place.
    The amounts thus distributed can be collected at the Tesorerie Provinciali del Tesoro
    (Provincial Treasury Office) territorially competent for the location in which the
    grant recipient is studying, upon presentation of a valid identification form.
    Grant recipients are obliged to provide the DGSP-Office VII with an original
    certificate of (pre) enrolment in the university course for which the grant has been
    assigned as well as certificates of updated enrolment for the quarters subsequent to
    the first. Submission and collection of certificates of enrolment will take place in the
    first month of each quarter and payment of allowances during the second month of
    each quarter. For university degree paths entailing the obligation to attend classes it is
    necessary to submit a certificate of attendance for each quarter subsequent to the first.
    For research activities carried out at the CNR, the Istituto Superiore di Sanità
    and other research institutes of similar prestige where attendance is not
    compulsory, a statement of the Professor in charge of the project is necessary.
    Such statement should be written on the institute’s letterhead and it should list
    the grant holder’s name, date and place of birth and citizenship. Submission and
    collection of certificates will take place in the first month of each quarter and
    distribution of funds will take place after the 20th day of the second month of the
    Delays in submitting the certificates or errors in their formulation will lead to delays
    in the allowances payments. Failure to submit these certificates could bring to the
    grant cancellation.
    Grant funds must be claimed within TWO MONTHS. If this period expires
    payment can only be made upon written request by the grant recipient to the
    DGSP – Office VII: the payment will be delayed.
    For the entire duration of the Italian Government’s grant all grant recipients, both
    Italian citizens residing abroad (IRE) and foreigners, are insured by the Ministry of
    Foreign Affairs. Insurance policy details will be provided afterwards.
    Refugees with Italian citizenship residing in Italy are covered by the National Health
    Also excluded from ASSITALIA insurance coverage are:
    a) people suffering from pre-existing illnesses or carrying even remote consequence
    of an infectious disease;
    b) dental prostheses.
    Exceptions are allowed in accordance with the provisions of the Executive
    Programmes of Cultural Agreements.
    Grant recipients are exempted from university fees. Such exemption is limited to
    undergraduate university degree-path courses, degree specialisations and Schools of
    Specialisation (excluding medical studies) and research doctorates. In the following
    academic years the exemption is based on the condition that the Italian MFA renews
    the grant. For the enrolment in different courses, each University decides whether to
    exempt the grant recipient from fees.
    Applicants are warmly advised to check in advance such details with the University
    of choice.
    Requests for grant renewals by foreigners (and Italians residing abroad) are taken
    into consideration only with the purpose to allow the continuation of a multi-year
    course of study (university undergraduate degree, master, doctorate, etc.). Renewal is
    granted only upon certification by the university (or other host institution) of the
    grant holder’s deserving prosecution of his/her curriculum.
    Grant recipients requesting renewal for enrolment in the 2nd year of university must
    pass at least two exams of the previous year. Subsequent renewals will be granted if
    the applicant passed all the exams required within the curriculum of the previous
    academic years and two exams within the current year. In these cases renewals have
    priority over new applications.
    Also for scholarship renewals the application is on-line. The link
    Borse in rete (Par. III.1) has limitless space and
    the whole study plan can be attached (including transcripts of the exams, marks
    obtained and research thesis, etc.).
    If the curriculum data certified by the University are different from those provided in
    the on-line form the application will be rejected.
    The DGSP – Office VII kindly reminds that it can process renewal application
    only if the on-line form is accompanied by the Italian Mission’s proposal.
    The Letter of Commitment signed on the first year remains valid for the following
    periods of the scholarship renewal.
    The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs