FAQ

The Call for applications is published in the Grant section, on the page Call.

No, there are no costs associated with processing the Application. Participation is free.

The List of Eligible Countries for MAECI Grants is published in the Grant section, on the page Call.
If your country is not included in the list, you will not be able to apply for the grants.

No. No. Applying for a MAECI Grant and enrolling at the University or Institution of choice are two separate and different procedures.

For foreign students, pre-enrollment may be necessary via the portal Universitaly.

For some courses, admission is subject to passing admission tests.

Candidates are required to check with University or Institution of choice whether an entrance test is required and whether pre-enrollment is required via the Universitaly portal before submitting an Application.

You can submit your Application exclusively through the Study in Italy website, after completing the sign-up procedure.

It is recommended that you consult the Website guidelines before signing up and submitting your Application.

Applications submitted through any other means of transmission will not be accepted.

The Renewal is the awarding of a new MAECI Grant to the beneficiaries of the previous Call who submit a regular Application for the continuation of the course of choice through regular enrollment in the academic year indicated in the Call.

The Renewal of the grant is possible only if you were a MAECI Scholar in the academic year preceding the one indicated in the Call, and only for the continuation or completion of a multi-year course of study (Master's Degree, AFAM Course and Doctorate) based on the legal duration of the course.

In this case, in the Course Data section of the Application, under: Have you already benefited from a MAECI Grant in the previous academic year? You must tick the Yes box. If you were not a MAECI Grantee in the previous academic year you must tick the No box.

In the Course Data section of the Application it is necessary to select the course in Italy for which you wish to apply for a scholarship by choosing Course Type from the drop-down menu.

You can choose between:
  • Master's Degree
  • Higher Education for Fine Arts, Music and Dance (AFAM)
  • PhD
  • Research project under academic supervision
  • Advanced course in Italian language and culture


You must enter the name of the Italian Institution/University you want to enroll in, the name of the Course you have chosen and the Italian City where the Course will be held.
You can indicate a maximum of three Course options, even in different Institutions or Universities, by clicking on + Add a New Course.
If you are awarded the grant, you will need to confirm one of the options you indicated in the Application.

Please note: the three Course options must all be of the same Type. For a list of available Courses, you can visit the Universitaly portal

In the Documents section of the Application, based on the Type of Course for which the grant is requested (Master's Degree, AFAM, PhD, Research project under academic supervision and Advanced course in Italian language and culture), it is necessary to submit some documentation.

Please note: the documents must be uploaded exclusively in PDF format;
For each entry only one file can be uploaded, but it is possible to merge, if necessary, multiple documents into a single file;
the size of each file must not exceed 1 MB.
Below a list of the Documents required for each Type of Course.

Master's Degree:
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Qualification for enrollment: Bachelor’s Degree Diploma or equivalent qualification, with graduation grade (if present).
    If you have completed your studies but have not yet received the Diploma, you must upload a Certificate from your University/Institution certifying the completion of your studies.
  3. Transcript of Records: the list of exams taken in the Bachelor’s Degree Course, with the grades (if present).
    If you are already enrolled in a Master's Degree Course in Italy and ask for a grant to attend the second year, you must also upload the list of exams taken in the first year.
  4. Language certification: see the FAQ What language certifications are required?
  5. Motivation Letter: see the FAQ What should I write in the Motivation Letter?
  6. Other Documents: any useful element that can be positively evaluated.
    If you have received a Letter of Admission to the Course of your choice or a Letter of Recommendation, you can upload them here.
Higher Education for Fine Arts, Music and Dance (AFAM)
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Qualification for enrollment: Upper Secondary School Diploma or equivalent qualification for access to a three-year First Cycle Course or three-year First Cycle diploma or equivalent qualification for access to a two-year Second Cycle Course, with vote (if present).
    If you have completed your studies but have not yet received the Diploma, you must upload a Certificate from your University/Institution certifying the completion of your studies.
  3. Transcript of Records: the Records of the Upper Secondary School Course or the list of exams taken in the First Cycle Three-Year Course, with the grades (if present).
    If you are already enrolled in an AFAM course in Italy and ask for a grant to attend a year following the first, you must also upload the list of exams taken in previous years.
  4. Language certification: see the FAQ What language certifications are required?
  5. Motivation Letter: see the FAQ What should I write in the Motivation Letter?
  6. Other Documents: any useful element that can be positively evaluated.
    If you have received a Letter of Admission to the Course of your choice or a Letter of Recommendation, you can upload them here.
PhD
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Qualification for enrollment: Letter of Admission to the PhD - Doctorate.
  3. Transcript of Records: the list of exams taken in the Master's Degree Course, with the grades (if present).
    If you are already enrolled in a PhD - Doctorate in Italy and ask for a grant to attend a year following the first, you must also upload an Enrollment Certificate to the PhD - Doctorate.
  4. Tutor's Declaration: a Declaration with which the Tutor or Supervisor of the Doctoral Thesis declares to be aware of the Application and gives his/her availability, in case of assignment of the grant, to send reports on the academic progress of the Candidate upon request.
    The Declaration must be printed on the headed paper of the relevant University or Institution and signed by the Tutor.
  5. Motivation Letter: see the FAQ What should I write in the Motivation Letter?
  6. Other Documents: any useful element that can be positively evaluated.
    If you have received a Letter of Admission to the Course of your choice or a Letter of Recommendation, you can upload them here.
Research project under academic supervision
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research Project: a brief description of the project for which the grant is requested. It can be written on plain paper and must not exceed 1000 words.
  3. Transcript of Records: the list of exams taken in your most recent Course.
  4. Invitation Letter: a Letter of Invitation from the University or Institution that will host the research activity. The Letter must indicate the name of a Tutor or Supervisor, who is available, in the event of the scholarship being awarded, to send reports on the research progress of the Candidate upon request. The Letter, must be printed on the headed paper of the relevant University or Institution and signed by the Tutor.or by the Head Department of the University or Institution.
  5. Motivation Letter: see the FAQ What should I write in the Motivation Letter?
  6. Other Documents: any useful element that can be positively evaluated.
    If you have received a Letter of Admission to the Course of your choice or a Letter of Recommendation, you can upload them here.
Advanced course in Italian language and culture
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Language certification: see the FAQ What language certifications are required?
  3. Motivation Letter: see the FAQ What should I write in the Motivation Letter?
  4. Other Documents: any useful element that can be positively evaluated.
    If you have received a Letter of Admission to the Course of your choice or a Letter of Recommendation, you can upload them here.

If you meet the requirements (see FAQ What does Renewal mean?), you can submit a regular Application for the Renewal of your MAECI Grant.

Renewal of the scholarship is only possible for the following Types of Courses: Master's Degree, AFAM, PhD.

The documents required are the same as an ordinary Application to attend a year following the first (see FAQ. What documents do I need to submit in order to apply for the grant?).

Please note: remember to tick the Yes box under: Have you already benefited from a MAECI Grant in the previous academic year? In the Course Data section of the Application.

In the Documents section of the Application, based on the Type of Course for which the grant is requested (Master's Degree, AFAM and Advanced Course in Italian language and culture), it will be necessary to upload a language certification. In particular:

For a Master's Degree or AFAM Course held in Italian:

Candidates must provide a language certification attesting to their proficiency in Italian. The minimum level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required.

Candidates in possession of a three-year degree whose course of study was carried out in Italian can present a document certifying that the course of study of their three-year degree was carried out in Italian.

For a Master's Degree or AFAM Course held in English:

Candidates must provide a language certification attesting to their proficiency in English. The minimum level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required. A self-certification may be accepted for candidates from countries where English is the official language.

Candidates in possession of a three-year degree whose course of study was carried out in English can present a document certifying that the course of study of their three-year degree was carried out in English.

For an Advanced course in Italian language and culture:

Candidates must provide a language certification attesting to their proficiency in Italian. The minimum A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required.

Candidates enrolled in an Italian language course or a course held in Italian, at a University or at an Italian Cultural Institute can present a language certification issued by the person in charge of the aforementioned course, certifying the required level of proficiency of the Italian language.
It will be necessary to indicate the name of the Institution that issued the language certification and the date of issue of the document.

Please note: No language certification is required for PhD and Research project under academic supervision.

In the Motivation Letter, to be attached to the application as a PDF document, the candidate is asked to tell his/her personal story, study path, academic interests and explain the reasons for choosing to study in Italy, as well as the purpose and objectives of their study project.

It can be written on plain paper and must not exceed 500 words.

At the end of the evaluation procedures, the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation abroad will publish the ranking list of the winners and the reserves on its institutional website. The ranking list is final.

Only successful candidates will be notified of the awarding of a MAECI Grant via the Study in Italy website.

The absence of a candidate's name from the list of winners and reserves published by the Diplomatic Representation means he/she was not awarded a grant.

In case the ranking list cannot be published for privacy and/or security reasons, the winners will be notified individually.

A MAECI Grant can be awarded for a period of three (3), six (6) or nine (9) months based on the Type of Course for which an Application is submitted.

In particular, a three-month grant can be awarded for an Advanced course in Italian language and culture, a six-month grant for a Research project under academic supervision and a nine-month grant for the other Types of Course.

Winners can benefit of the grant in the period from November 1 of the year of the publication of the Call to October 31 of the following year.

A MAECI Grant aims to help cover the costs of living and studying in Italy, and will therefore only be paid for the periods that the grantee actually spends in Italy.

The grant does not cover periods of study abroad and is paid only for the effective/valid period and only if the grantee is regularly enrolled (not “fuori corso” or part-time) at the University and the Course indicated in the Dichiarazione di Assegnazione (Awarding Letter). The grantee shall also prove satisfactory academic progress.

After obtaining the degree, or following the end of studies, the grantee is no longer entitled to the disbursement of the grant.

The grant is paid periodically every two or three months.

The payment process begins at the end of each period.

For this reason, the grantee must have sufficient financial resources to cover the expenses related to his/her life in Italy at least until the end of the first period.