UCD Foundation for Italian Studies Scholarship

Title

UCD Foundation for Italian Studies Scholarship

Subject

Italian

Brief background to the award

The UCD Foundation for Italian Studies has promoted Italian studies in UCD since its establishment in 1980. This Scholarship will complement its traditional contributions, namely academic publishing, public lectures and other cultural events, with a novel initiative aimed at encouraging the study of Italian at postgraduate level.

This Scholarship will be awarded to a student of proven academic excellence to pursue postgraduate studies at MA, or MLitt., level in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, with a specialisation in Italian.

Eligibility criteria

The Scholarship will be payable to a student who has been accepted for an MA or MLitt degree programme in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, having met all its requirements.

The Scholarship may be awarded to a full or part-time student, and it may not be awarded if no applications of sufficient merit are received.

Preference will be given to candidates currently not in receipt of other sources of funding.

The scholarship is subject to the general conditions governing the award of university scholarships. A student who withdraws, is suspended, or dismissed from the University will lose his/her Scholarship eligibility.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of their academic merit by a committee chaired by the Director of the UCD Foundation for Italian Studies. It is within the discretion of the UCD Foundation for Italian Studies to split the Scholarship between two suitable candidates in the event of a tie.

The programme of study must be approved by the Director of the Foundation.

Value

The Scholarship is valued at EUR 3,500, and may be awarded annually as a fee remission scholarship.

Funding details

The scholarship is funded by the UCD Foundation for Italian Studies. It will be initially offered for four years, starting from September 2017.

Approving Programme or Graduate School Board and Date of Approval

Approved by the board of advisors of the UCD Foundation for Italian Studies (13/5/2016) and by the Executive Council of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (28/10/2016).

Applications will be assessed at School level by a committee chaired by the Director of the UCD Foundation for Italian Studies, including all full-time members of the section of Italian. The name of the proposed recipient will be forwarded to the College Executive Committee for approval.

 Any other information

In order to be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must have an offer for an MA or MLitt degree programme from the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. In addition, candidates should submit both a hard copy and an electronic copy of the following:

a) an application letter detailing their eligibility for the Scholarship;

b) a short (max 2,000 words) personal statement indicating their research topic of interest for a minor MA thesis or, in the case of an MLitt, a description of their research project;

c) references from two academic referees.

Candidates should send their applications to the Director of the UCD Foundation for Italian Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, italianfoundation@ucd.ie . Completed applications must be sent by the end of June of the year in which applicants plan to start their postgraduate degree. The scholarship will be advertised on the Website of the School.