Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program to Italy a.y. 2020-21 is designed to provide opportunities for personal development and international experience, through study and research programs at the post-graduate level in all disciplines. It serves graduating seniors, recent bachelor’s degree graduates, master’s and Ph.D. candidates, young professionals and artists.

The Fulbright Award for a Master in Public Administration at SDA BOCCONI, Milan has been suspended for the 2020-2021 award cycle and is not currently accepting applications.

Study and Research Opportunities in Italy

Italy has some of the oldest universities in Western Europe and offers excellent study and research opportunities in the areas of the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences and technology.


Italian universities also offer a wide selection of courses taught in English at all degree levels. For more information on Italian academic institutions and research centers visit the Guide to Higher Education in Italy.

Grants available for academic year 2020-21
28 grants are available. Candidates’ profiles and grant information are detailed in the individual award descriptions (see Documentation):
– 11 Fulbright Open Study/Research Awards for academic study and research in any discipline
– 1 Fulbright Grant in Deafness for academic study, research and collaboration on new projects in Deafness-related fields
– 2 Fulbright-Casten Family Foundation Award, assigned to participate in the Master’s Program in Food Culture and Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences

– 1 Fulbright Award for a Laurea Magistrale in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano.

– 1 Fulbright – Fondazione Falcone – NIAF scholarship in Criminology

-2 Open Study/Research Awards at Fondazione CON IL SUD

– 10 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships at Italian high schools

– 1 Fulbright Award for a Master in Public Administration at SDA BOCCONI, Milan (The program has been suspended for the 2020-2021 award cycle and is not currently accepting applications.)


Number of awards to be assigned can vary depending on availability of funds provided by the contributions of the US and Italian Governments.

Selection Process
Scholarships are awarded through an annual merit-based competition administered in the US at the national level by the Institute of International Education – IIE , in collaboration with the Fulbright Commission in Italy.
Information on the Fulbright US Student Program, eligibility requirements, selection process, application, deadlines and competition timeline is available on the Fulbright US Student Program website.


Selection criteria
– U.S. citizenship
– merit and academic or professional excellence
– a solid study or research project proposal
– proficiency in the Italian language
– commitment to mutual understanding and ability to serve as a cultural ambassador
– leadership potential