Graduate & Postdoctoral funding

The Center takes pride in its commitment to providing robust financial support and prestigious fellowships tailored for graduate and postgraduate students. Our offerings encompass diverse opportunities such as research funding, specialized training programs, and comprehensive career support initiatives. We believe in nurturing the academic and professional growth of our students, aiming to empower them with the resources and mentorship necessary to excel in their chosen fields. 

Fellowships and Grants:

5 + 1 Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame offers the 5+1 Program, ensuring a postdoctoral fellowship for individuals completing and submitting their dissertations within five years. This one-year fellowship encompasses a salary, resources for professional development, and benefits equivalent to those provided to Notre Dame staff. Engaging in the postdoctoral experience enhances the marketability of 5+1 fellows, whether pursuing positions within academia or beyond. The program provides participants with two distinct options: a Teaching and Research Track and an Internship Track. More information is avalable here.

Biblioteca Ambrosiana Research Awards

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

With the Medieval Institute, the Center co-sponsors the Biblioteca Ambrosiana Research Awards. These awards enable individual scholars or groups of scholars—including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows—to pursue projects in connection with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana and its holdings in Milan and Notre Dame. Please send a C.V., a proposal of less than 750 words that describes the project, and a detailed budget to Cost sharing is encouraged and should be included in the proposed budget. Open to researchers outside of Notre Dame and to Notre Dame faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Dante Studies Travel Grants

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

With the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies, the Center co-sponsors several travel grants to support research by Notre Dame faculty and graduate students in Italy, but also for faculty and graduate students from other institutions whose research would benefit from on-site access to Notre Dame's special collections on Dante, the Ambrosiana archive, or other of its Italian holdings. For more information, please contact

Devers Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Dante Studies

The call for applications is announced on major academic websites

The Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame supports research for significant projects on Dante led by Professors Laura Banella and Theodore Cachey. For more information, please contact either Prof. Banella ( or Prof. Cachey ( Learn more about the ongoing research project.

Graduate Research Fellowship in Rome

Deadline: Feb. 16

The Center for Italian Studies, in collaboration with Graduate School and Notre Dame International, offers semester- and year-long dissertation research fellowships at the Rome Global Gateway for advanced humanities PhD students in the College of Arts and Letters. Tailored for those in the advanced stages of doctoral work, this residential fellowship aims to facilitate substantial dissertation research in Rome and create a community of scholars actively engaged in both the academic realms of Notre Dame Rome and the city itself. Download the application.

OVI Summer Grants

Deadline: mid-March

As part of the M.A. in Italian Studies and Ph.D. in Italian at the University of Notre Dame, each summer the Center for Italian Studies offers internships to promising student-scholars, who spend one to two weeks in Florence at the OVI Institute. Interns in Florence participate in the day-to-day work of the OVI Institute where they acquire professional training in digital philology and lexicography, while refining their research skills on early Italian texts and writing entries for the TLIO dictionary. The OVI Summer Internship Program is open to current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in Italian Studies at Notre Dame. Participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board. Modest stipends and/or partial fellowships are offered to help pay living and travel expenses. Those interested in the OVI Summer Internships should contact Demetrio S. Yocum (

Ravarino Family Italian Scholars Summer Grant

Deadline: The deadline has been extended to Feb. 29, 2024

Thanks to a generous gift from the Ravarino Family, the Center sponsors travel grants for graduate and undergraduate students who are will pursue research or a formal summer language program in Italy. More details are available here.

Roma Tre Research Grant

The call for applications is announced on major academic websites

In an ongoing commitment to promote collaborative scientific activities and research endeavors, Roma Tre University's Department of Humanities and the Center for Italian Studies are partnering to co-fund joint research projects. Learn more about an ongoing research project.

Rome Archive Seminar 

Deadline: mid-November

Sciola Grant for Undergraduate or Graduate Research in Italy

Deadline: mid-March

The Center encourages Notre Dame undergraduates and graduate students in all Arts and Letters disciplines whose research interests address the impact of Catholic traditions upon Italian artistic culture to submit proposals to the Sciola Grant Program, which is administered by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. In order to be eligible for funding, research must take place in Italy. Open to Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students.

Sellick Travel Grants for Research in Italy

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Jay A. and Sara L. Sellick Endowment for Excellence in Italian Studies, in memory of John A. ('53) and Juli Ann Sellick provides support for undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty research and travel to Italy and the Rome Global Gateway. Download the application.

Short-Term Research Fellowship at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

With the College of Arts and Letters and Notre Dame International, the Center co-sponsors short-term fellowships for research in Rome by Notre Dame graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty. Download the application.