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Graduate Funding

Luigi Einaudi Fellowship
Italian Parliament

The Luigi Einaudi Graduate Dissertation Fellowship is available to students in modern European government, history, economics, and related social science fields (please note that the humanities fields are not eligible). 

The fellowship is designed to enable a graduate student to conduct field and archival research in Europe for a period of up to one year (but not shorter than six months). To be eligible, applicants must have completed the "A" exam in their department, or have an exam date scheduled prior to submitting their application, and have a dissertation project approved by their special committee.

The award consists of graduate student stipend, in absentia fees, and enrollment in Cornell's student health insurance plan (SHIP).

The current 9 month (2 semester) stipend stands at $27,218. Additionally, insurance and the in-absentia fee will be covered. This total, one year award, is approximately $30K.

Proposals will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research proposal in a social science field
  • Validity and feasibility of the applicant’s research project
  • Research and professional qualifications
  • Strength of the student’s academic performance and letters of recommendation


  • 8-10 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 ( 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.

The Luigi Einaudi Fellowship competition is conducted together with the Mario Einaudi Fellowship competition. Candidates submit a single application and are automatically considered for both awards.

Applications opens on December 1, 2018.

Deadline to apply is March 6, 2019.

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For more information about this award or other funding competitions administered by CIES, please contact CIES Program Manager, Aleksandra Perelman.