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Center for Italian Studies


Research Opportunities at the RGG

Rome International Scholars Program

In the Spring of 2016 Notre Dame International and the Rome Global Gateway launched an international scholars program in Rome for select undergraduates recruited from across disciplines and departments. Qualified students are invited to apply by Nov. 1, 2017. This special program is specifically designed for self-motivated students who would value the opportunity to undertake independent research during the Spring semester of Junior year that would ideally lead to senior thesis projects during senior year, and/or subsequent development of post-graduate research, including post-graduate fellowships and post-graduate studies. A key feature of the program is the opportunity for experiential learning, which can take the form of either an internship or service engagement to be conducted in Rome. Students admitted to the Rome International Scholars Program are eligible for funding for further language and/or disciplinary study and/or internship in Italy during the summer following their semester in Rome.

The curriculum for the Rome International Scholars Program will normally be made up of five courses, to include: 1) An independent research project supervised by ND faculty in a degree granting or honors program. 2) An elective course or internship offered in collaboration with any one of several universities working with the Rome Global Gateway such as the University of Rome Sapienza, University of Rome Roma Tre, LUISS (Libera Università Internazionale degli studi sociali), and the Pontifical Gregorian University among others; 3) The “All Roads Lead to Rome” course that can satisfy university requirements in literature, history or fine arts; 4) An experiential learning activity (service or internship): this can assume multiple forms ranging from archeological digs, to business internships, to working with immigrants, to working with museums and NGOs, while participating in a weekly forum designed to support the development of their research (see below); 5) An Italian, Latin or Greek language course at the appropriate level. The scholars will participate in the Rome International Scholars Forum, a one credit bearing weekly meeting dedicated to discussion of their research projects, their various experiences in the service or internship engagement and other activities/initiatives associated with their presence in Rome.  Some forums will be devoted to guest lectures.

The Program is led by the academic and executive directors of the Rome Global Gateway in collaboration with a steering committee and  in consultation with a group of faculty Fellows of the Rome International Scholars Program, including: Corey Angst (Business), Ani Aprahamian (Physics), Martin Bloomer (Classics), Francesca Bordogna (PLS), James Collins (Film, Television and Theatre), Philippe Collon (Physics), Kathleen Cummings (History and American Studies), Mark Edward Cummings (Psychology), JoAnn DellaNeva (French/Italian Studies), Margot Fassler (Sacred Music), Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (History), Umesh Garg (Physics), Robert Goulding (PLS), David Hernandez (Classics/Archeology), Vittorio Montemaggi (Religion and Literature), Peter Holland (Film Television and Theatre), Hildegund Muller (Classics), A. James McAdams (Political Science), Barry McCrea (English/Comparative Literature/Irish), Patrick Murphy (Business), Pierpaolo Polzonetti (Music/PLS/Italian), Gerald Powers (Peace Studies), Gretchen Reydam-Shils (PLS/Classics), Denis Robichaud (PLS/Italian), Ingrid Rowland (School of Architecture), Valerie Sayers (English/Creative Writing).

All sophomores who meet the requirements are invited to apply including those who have already been accepted into other study abroad programs. Basic requirements include: GPA, at least 6 hours of Italian prior to the Spring semester of 2018 (6 hours of intensive hybrid Italian are available each semester), and a letter of recommendation from a supervising faculty member indicating the faculty member’s commitment to supervise the independent research to be conducted by the candidate in Italy. Admitted students will have until March 1st, 2018 to submit a finalized research proposal. For more information, please visit the application page, or contact Silvia Dall’Olio at Silvia.Dall'

For a firsthand account of the invaluable experience of studying at ND’s RGG, please take a moment to listen to two senior Italian majors, Andrew Guinan and Joe Strasz, describe their time spent in Rome.

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

The University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway invites applications for short-term fellowships from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows whose work would benefit from conducting research in Rome. This initiative is co-sponsored by Notre Dame International, Notre Dame Research, the College of Arts and Letters, and Italian Studies at Notre Dame.

Deadline: Applications are welcome on a rolling basis; fellowships will be awarded until all available funding for the academic year 2017-2018 is utilized.

Fellowship Range: Up to a maximum of $2,000.

Eligibility: Notre Dame graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in any discipline of the humanities, social
sciences, or the sciences, who propose short-term research projects to be undertaken in Rome during the academic year 2017-18 and summer 2018.

Application Materials: Please send the following materials to Silvia Dall’Olio at Silvia.Dall’

• C.V.

• Project proposal of less than 750 words

• Detailed budget, including any cost sharing from other sources, such as the ISLA Graduate Student Award, Zahm Travel Fund, or other departmental or graduate program funding. Cost sharing is highly recommended.

• Contact information for two scholarly referees

These fellowships are intended to support short-term periods of research -- ranging from one week to one month -- in residence in Rome and include office space in the Rome Global Gateway and some assistance with arranging housing. Arrangements related to airfares need to be made through Anthony Travel and will be covered directly as part of the grant. All remaining research related costs up to the granted amount will be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts and research report (250-500 words) within two weeks from the completion of the research period in Rome.

Faculty Short-Term Fellowships at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

The University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway invites applications for short-term fellowships from faculty in the College of Arts and Letters whose work would benefit from conducting research in Rome. The initiative is co-sponsored by Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and Notre Dame International.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; fellowships will be awarded until all available funding for the academic year 2017-2018 is utilized.

Fellowship range: Award amounts will range from $2500 to $5000.

Eligibility: Faculty in the College of Arts and Letters who propose short-term research projects to be undertaken in Rome during the academic year 2017-18 and the summer of 2018.

Application: Interested faculty should submit a Small Research and Creative Works proposal through the ISLA online portal. Faculty members are only allowed one such grant per year.

These fellowships are intended to support short-term periods of research in residence in Rome—ranging from one week to one month—and include office space in the Rome Global Gateway and some assistance with arranging housing.

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Notre Dame: Individual and Collaborative Research Awards

The Medieval Institute, in collaboration with Italian Studies at Notre Dame, invites individual scholars or groups of scholars—including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows—to propose individual and/or scholarly projects in collaboration with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

Projects eligible for funding might include:

• Individual research projects that make use of Biblioteca Ambrosiana holdings in Milan or at Notre Dame.

• Group projects, including workshops and seminars that utilize holdings of the Ambrosiana Library. Such projects might take place at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, at Notre Dame, or at the Rome Global Gateway.

• Lectures or seminars to be presented by scholars associated with the Ambrosiana Library. Such lectures might take place at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, at Notre Dame, or at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and awards will be made until all available funding for academic year 2017-2018 is used.

Award Range: For group scholarly projects, the maximum award is $10,000 and for individuals, the maximum award is $2,500. 

Eligibility: Scholars including faculty, postdoctoral fellows and/or graduate students from Notre Dame proposing research using materials of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, or collaborations with scholars affiliated with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana to be undertaken at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, in the Rome Global Gateway, or at Notre Dame.

Application materials: Please send a C.V., a proposal of less than 750 words that describes the project, and a detailed budget to Silvia Dall’Olio at Silvia.Dall’ Cost sharing is encouraged and should be included in the proposed budget.

A report on the findings of the research will be expected upon completion of the project.

Sciola Grants

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) invites those 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. In order to be eligible for funding, research must take place in Italy. For further information and to apply for this grant, please visit ISLA's website.

New Full-Immersion Course in Italian at the Rome Global Gateway

Sign up to take beginning Italian at the Rome Global Gateway nearby the Colosseum July 2 - August 2, 2018 with Tiziana Serafini (Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Notre Dame). Speak Italian inside and outside the classroom, and experience the city through full-immersion language and cultural activities. Combine the study of the Italian language with courses in Film, Television, and Theater, and/or Civic Engineering for a total of 6 credits. Deadline to APPLY: February 7, 2018. 

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