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Michele Sicca Research Grant

The Michele Sicca Research Grant was created by the late Mario Einaudi, Goldwin Smith Professor of International and Comparative Politics and former Director of the Center for International Studies.

Michele Sicca was an anti-fascist physician with whom Professor Einaudi worked in exile during the Mussolini period. The Sicca research grants support short-term (usually 4-8 week) research on Europe in the social sciences and humanities.

The primary aim of the Sicca grant program is to help Cornell doctoral candidates explore possible topics or otherwise launch their dissertation work, although applications from students whose dissertations are already in progress may also be considered if funding is available.

Please note that the Sicca grants are not intended for conference travel or tuition of any kind.

Applicants will be evaluated based upon the following factors:

  • Evidence that field research in Europe will advance the applicant’s doctoral program
  • Practicality of the applicant’s research proposal
  • Applicant's academic performance and qualifications to complete the proposed project
  • Strength of the applicant's letters of recommendation

Requirements:

  • 4-5 page project proposal (double-spaced)
  • Budget
  • Travel itinerary
  • Bibliography
  • 2 letters of recommendation*
  • Concurrent with submitting your travel grant application to an elevated risk country (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/TraveltoHighRiskAreas.html) you are also required to submit a request to Cornell’s International Travel and Response Team (ITART) to travel to that particular country. In the event that you receive Einaudi travel grant funds, the award will not be released until you complete the ITART application process**

*Note: The online application form requires applicants to provide names and email addresses of (2) faculty and/or staff recommenders. Once the application has been submitted, the online system automatically generates a notification email to the recommenders, letting them know a student application has been received that lists them as a recommender. From there, each recommender is instructed how to login and upload a recommendation letter.

**If your proposal includes travel to an elevated risk country, you are strongly encouraged to have a back-up plan for your project in the event that your ITART application is denied, or if the country to which you are travelling should become an elevated risk country subsequent to receiving your travel grant.

Winners receive $3,000 in funding, distributed through their bursar account.

The Michele Sicca Grant competition is conducted together with the Manon Michels Einaudi Grant competition. Candidates submit a single application and are automatically considered for both awards.


Applications opened on December 15.

Deadline March 1.

Click here to apply

For more information about this award or other funding competitions administered by CIES, please contact Jason Hecht.