Italian government Scholarships 2017/2018 for foreign citizens to study in Italy (Funded)

Application Deadline: May 10, 2017 midnight (Italian time)

Pursuant to the provisions of Law 288/55 and subsequent changes and additions and with a view to implementing bilateral cultural agreements and the related Executive Programs, as well as multilateral agreements, intergovernmental Agreements and specific Conventions for supporting Special Internationalization Projects with Universities, Research Institutes and Higher Artistic Training Centres in Italy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation awards scholarships for studying in Italy both to foreign citizens and to Italian citizens living abroad (IRE) for the Academic Year 2017-2018. The aim of these scholarships is to foster international cultural cooperation, spread the knowledge of the Italian language, culture and science, as well as promote the Italian economic and technological system throughout the world.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The Italian citizens employed by Public Ad ministration offices, as well as their family members–although temporarily living abroad–cannot be granted IREs scholarships.
  • Academic qualifications
    Foreign students or IREs may apply if they have the academic qualifications
    required for enrolling in the institution chosen.
  • Age limits
    Candidates may apply if aged between 18 and 36 years on the expiry date of this
    call for applications.
  • For those who apply for the first year of a PhD program the maximum age limit is 33 years on the expiry date of this call for applications.
    Candidates may apply for training/refresher courses for Italian language teachers
    if aged between 18 and 45 years on the expiry date of this call for proposals.
  • Language skills and proficiency
    Candidates shall submit a certificate showing their knowledge and proficiency in
    the Italian language, starting from the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CEFR):
  • The knowledge of the Italian language is not required for enrolling in the university courses fully provided in English.
Scholarships of 6 (six) or 9 (nine) months, starting no earlier than November 1, 2017, are granted for the following courses:
a) Second-level University courses (five-year degree/Master of Science)(Laureaspecialistica/Laurea Magistrale 2° ciclo) Admission to the first year of a
second-level university course/Master of Science requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
first-level degree of the country of origin. For admission to the subsequent years, the candidate shall have passed all the university exams of the previous year.
b) Master’s Degree courses ( First and Second Level) For admission to a Master’s Degree course, the candidate shall have the academic qualifications required by the University chosen.
c) Ph.D Course For admission to a Ph.D course, the candidate shall have the academic qualifications required by the University chosen.
d) Specialisation Schools (Scuole di Specializzazione) For admission to a Specialisation School, the candidate shall have the academic qualifications required by the School
chosen. Scholarships cannot be granted for the courses of medical Specialization Schools
e) Research under academic supervision (Progetti di Studio in Co-tutela)

This type of scholarships can be granted for research project carried out within the

Italian National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-CNR), the Higher Health Institute (Istituto Superiore di Sanità-ISS) or other State universities, museums and archives.
Scholarship Worth:
Scholarships holders shall benefit from a health insurance policy to bear any expense due to illnesses or accidents for the duration of the scholarship. The diseases related to pre-
existing physical or pathological conditions shall be excluded from the insurance.
  • The candidate to whom a MAECI Scholarship is granted shall be credited the related allowance on a quarterly basis with the Italian bank account in his name. ( see Guidelines for the scholarship holder
  • The payment of the scholarship shall be made after the scholarship holder’s enrolling in the institution chosen, according to the necessary administrative time schedule and deadlines.
  • In some cases the candidate to whom a MAECI Scholarship is granted shall receive the monthly allowances from the following University with which MAECI has reached agreements for the academic year 2017-2018. :
1. Università degli studi di Bologna;
2. Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale (new agreement)
3. Università della Calabria (new agreement)
4. Politecnico di Milano
5. Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano
6. Università degli Studi di Milano
7. Università per Stranieri di Perugia
8. Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata
9. Università Roma Tre
10. Università per Stranieri “Dante Alighieri” di Reggio Calabria
11. Università per stranieri di Siena
12. Politecnico di Torino
13. Università degli studi di Torino
14. Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
15. Università degli Studi della Tuscia–Viterbo
  • Applications shall be sent only electronically, by accessing the “Portale borse online” from the MAECI website: after registering to access the registration form by means of username and password
  • Candidates from Libya can apply only if they were granted a MAECI Scholarship in the academic year 2016-2017. Any renewal or continuation of the scholarship is granted only to the applicants who certify they have passed the exams required for each academic year.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Italian government Scholarships 2017/2018


  1. Dear all,

    As you know we went to an interview for Italian government scholarship in Turkey on 15th of June. The results are declared a few days ago. However there is not any list that we can see the names of the ones who gain the scholarship and who can not! So it is not a clear declaration as everyone has some kind of suspicion in mind.

    We all kindly ask you to publish the list so it will be clear for all of us.

    Waiting for your answer

  2. Good Day dears;
    What about the list of candidates? Would you please let me know when they will be published and where?

  3. Hi guys
    Today I received an emaol from Italian Embassy in my country. It says go to website of Italian consule for pre-enrolement in one of the Italuan universities. Does it mean I have been awarded this scholarship? What can I do? Should I apply for universities? I have no idea what should I do. Helo me please!

  4. […] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) offers grants in favor of foreign citizens not residing in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)* for the academic year 2018-2019 in order to foster international cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, to promote Italian language and culture and to support Italy’s economic system in the world (According to Law 288/55 and its subsequent changes and additions). […]


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