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Deadline: 04/10/2023

The Amici Prize was established in 1993 by a group of donors to provide an award to an undergraduate student for independent study in Italy, as designated by the director of the Center for Italian Studies.

The Center for Italian Studies at Penn awards the prize yearly for a research project in Italian Studies to be conducted in Italy in conjunction with one of the university's authorized programs for study abroad (for example, the Penn-in-Venice Summer Program), or under the supervision of a secondary advisor approved by the Director of the Center.

The awarded sum is up to $1,500. Applicants can propose a project in any field of Italian Studies with the support of a faculty advisor at Penn. The project can originate from a class or be independent from it; it can be developed during an independent study but can also be pursued outside it. The outcome, which can take a variety of forms (paper, video, blog etc.), will be shared with other Penn undergraduates, in ways arranged and coordinated by the Undergraduate Chair in Italian, together with the advisor.

Applicants should send, via e-mail, a detailed project proposal (600 to 1200 words) including a title, a description, an approximate budget, and a rough timeline for completion. The instructor/advisor will send, separately, his or her confidential letter of recommendation. Please submit these documents by March 8 as Word or PDF file attached to a message with subject “Amici Prize 2020” and addressed to Prof. Mauro Calcagno, Director, Center for Italian Studies, at:


Research Offering Type

Grant, Independent Research


International (Not UK), Europe

Undergraduate School