The Italian government is making 100 university scholarships available for the upcoming academic year for international protection holder who were forced to abandon their studies in their country of origin. The scholarships are part of an agreement between the Interior Ministry and the Italian Conference of University Rectors (CRUI) and in collaboration with the National Associations of Organizations for the Right to University Study (ANDISU).

Who can apply for the scholarship?

 The ministry application states that the scholarships are available to students who already obtained scholarships during the previous academic years (2016/2017 and 2017/2018), with refugee status or beneficiary of subsidiary protection, who are already enrolled in an Italian university and have the right to have a scholarship confirmed for the new academic year. 

The scholarships are also available to students with international protection status (refugee or subsidiary protection) who have obtained by July 16, 2018 a diploma making them eligible for a first-year university programme or research doctorate, who enroll for the first time in the Italian university system for the 2018/2019 academic year. To enroll in the first year of a programme, applicants must complete a declaration certifying their high school diploma: ( /riconoscimento_titoli_studio/titolistudiorifugiati.html). 

What are the deadlines and how are my qualifications evaluated?  

Applications must be submitted online at no later than midnight on July 29, 2018. For international protection holders enrolling for the first time for the 2018/2019 academic year, a ranking list will be issued by a commission nominated by the president of CRUI, which will take into account the candidate's diploma, CV, and chosen level of instruction. In cases of equal merit, priority will be given to the younger candidate. 

The commission will complete its work by July 31. The Interior Ministry will verify the status of refugee or beneficiary of subsidiary protection of all the candidates on the ranking list; if candidates are found not to have this status, they will be automatically eliminated from the list and the benefits. Migrants in class in Mineo (Catania). Credit: ANSA/Vincenzo Tersigni

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