ACIS CassaMarca Scholarships for HDR Research in Italy: Now Open

Information for applicants

The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS), supported by the Cassamarca Foundation (Treviso),  promotes the activities of research and teaching in the area of Italian Studies in Australasian tertiary institutions. Information on its work can be obtained here.

ACIS is offering UP TO THREE scholarships worth $5,000 each to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy in 2016. For one of the awards, the Dino De Poli Scholarship which honours the President of the Cassamarca Foundation, preference may be given to applications for research on any aspect of the culture, history and society of North East Italy.


The scholarships are available to students who in 2016 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.

Successful applicants will be expected to spend at least  two months in Italy on research. The award must be taken up before 1 December 2016.

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. Scholarships will not be awarded to attend language courses in Italy.
  3. An ACIS Cassamarca scholarship may not be held concurrently with an Italian Government scholarship.
  4. Tertiary academic staff are not eligible to apply.


Applications must contain the following materials:

  • A short cover letter including the details of an  academic referee (see ‘Referee report’ below) and any other sources of income (postgraduate scholarship, Italian Government scholarship, grants, awards or financial assistance from any source) obtained or under consideration for 2016 in relation to the research;
  • A research proposal detailing the work to be carried out including timetable and budget for the use of the $5000 and, if appropriate, indication of attachment to a scholarly institution in Italy;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • An official transcript of academic results.

Before writing your research proposal, please read the ‘Describing your project’ advice on the ACIS website here.

Prior to departure for Italy, to release the scholarship funds, successful applicants are required to submit:

  • proof of Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence,
  • proof of enrolment at an Australian or New Zealand university in 2016
  • a detailed indication of planned expenditure

On return from Italy a report on the activities undertaken and the use of the funds must be provided.    


Applicants must arrange for a confidential report from an academic staff member familiar with their work, indicating their linguistic proficiency and ability to undertake the proposed research in Italy, to be sent independently of the application by email directly to the following address:


The Selection Committee is chaired by Dr Brigid Maher (La Trobe). Its other members are Professor Rita Wilson (Monash) and Dr Nick Eckstein (Sydney). The  Committee expects to make its decision by the end of December 2015 and will advise applicants of the outcome as soon as possible thereafter.


Closing date for applications: Friday 30 October 2015.

Applications in Word or PDF format must be submitted as email attachments directly to  the Chair of the Committee, Dr Brigid Maher at this address:

She is happy to respond to any enquiries.