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Mario Einaudi Graduate Fellowship

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Every other year, the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES) awards a Mario Einaudi Graduate Dissertation Fellowship to a Cornell doctoral student. Named in honor of the late Cornell Professor Emeritus Mario Einaudi, the fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis to a candidate whose research reflects a commitment to Mario Einaudi's goal of interpreting the United States to Europe and Europe to the United States.

The competition is open to advanced graduate students at Cornell in the social sciences, history, and philosophy who plan to spend a semester or academic year in Europe, preferably but not necessarily in Italy. For the 2015-16 academic year, the competition will preference projects related to the theme of migration in Europe.

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

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.

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 Mario Einaudi Fellowship competition is conducted together with the Luigi 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 Associate Director, Jason Hecht.