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Michele Sicca Research Grant

Garden Excavation at the House of Regina Carolina in Pompeii Italy, photo by Kaja Tally-Schumacher

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


  • 4-5 page project proposal (double-spaced)
  • Budget
  • Travel itinerary
  • Bibliography
  • 2 letters of recommendation*
  • If awarded fellowship, all students must register their trip with Cornell International Travel Registry
  • Cornell International Travel Registry system also incorporates the International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) petition for travel to elevated-risk destinations. 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 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.

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.

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

We are not presently accepting applications.

For additional information or advising, contact Pamela Hampton, Program Manager of IES.