The Italian Studies Library Research Award

The Notre Dame Center for Italian Studies and Notre Dame International jointly administer an Italian Studies Library Research Award. This award provides grant funding for scholars to use the collections of the Hesburgh Libraries for research in Italian studies.

The University of Notre Dame holds one of the premier collections of Italian literature in the United States. Of particular note is the Zahm Dante Collection, which ranks among the most significant collections relating to Dante Alighieri in North America. The collection is also rich in Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, represented through early imprints and translations, historical publications of textual criticism, and significant illustrated editions. Copies of many of the manuscripts and drawings of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan may also be accessed via photographs and microfilm through the Notre Dame library. 

A general description of specialized research collections pertaining to Italian literature may be found within the Hesburgh Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collections website. Further areas of focus include growing collections of modern and vernacular  literature, as well as travel literature and guidebooks. Additionally, the Christopher G. Wagstaff Italian Film collection encompasses more than two thousand Italian films and television programs, and may be accessed by external researchers from campus. 

Research awards are intended to defray the cost of travel and accommodation for research visits of one to three weeks in duration. The value of these awards is from $1,500 to $4,000.

While the process is competitive, the selection committee anticipates granting multiple awards. Awardees may be established scholars, postdoctoral scholars, or graduate students. Applications from international locations are encouraged. An important consideration in the evaluation of applications will be the relevance of the Hesburgh Libraries’ collections to the proposed research project.

The anticipated time-frame for visits to the Library within the award cycle is between April 2024 and June 2025. Applications can be submitted between September 18 and December 12, 2023. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2024.

 Please follow this link for further information and the application form:

Information for Applicants