Italian Government MAECI Scholarships for Foreign and Italian Students in Italy, 2018-2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is inviting applications for grants for foreign citizens and Italian citizens living abroad awarded by the Italian Government.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

In order to apply for MAECI scholarships, candidates who enrol for courses held in Italian must possess an Italian language certificate level B2.

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).

Scholarship Description:
Course Level: Scholarships are offered for the following courses:
  • Master of science
  • PhD
  • Research under the academic supervision

Study Subject: Scholarships are offered over different departments across the University, all offering a diverse range of courses.

Scholarship Award: 
  • Grantees will receive a 900 Euros monthly allowance on a quarterly basis, which will be paid on their Italian bank account.
  • The first instalment of the grant can be received only after the completion of University enrollment and the submission of all the documents requested according to the necessary administrative procedures.
  • The last instalment of the grant will be paid only upon verification of satisfactory academic progress.
  • The grant will cover courses attended in Italy only.

Nationality:  Available to foreign citizens not residing in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE).

Number of Scholarships: Number not given

Scholarship can be taken in Italy

Eligibility for the Scholarship:
Eligible Countries: Grants for foreign students awarded by the Italian Government:

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
(i) Academic qualifications
Applications must only be submitted by foreign students not residing in Italy and by Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)* holding an appropriate academic qualification required to enrol to the Italian University/Institute.

(ii) Age requirements
  • Applicants for Master’s Degree/Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM) Programmes/ Italian Language and Culture Courses should not be over 28 years old by the deadline of this call, with the sole exception of renewals.
  • Applicants for PhD Programmes should not be over 30 years old by the deadline of this call, with the sole exception of renewals.
  • Applicants for Research Projects under academic supervision should not be over 40 years old by the deadline of this call.

English Language Requirements: Candidates who enrol to university courses held in English must refer to the language requirements of the specific University. Applicants must provide a certificate of their proficiency in the Italian language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):
  • Proof of proficiency in Italian is not required for courses entirely taught in English.
  • In this case, applicants must provide a language certificate of their proficiency in the English Language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • For Italian language and culture courses, applicants must provide a certificate of their proficiency in the Italian language. The minimum level required is A2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Application Procedure:
How to Apply: Applicants must complete and submit the online application form available upon registration at the following link:


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