Salvatori Research Awards

Faculty and Graduate Student Research

Deadline for submissions: March 20, 2018.

Awards announced by April 5, 2018.


The Center for Italian Studies offers annual research grants endowed by the late Henry Salvatori (EE 23) to support Penn students and faculty whose research investigates Italian culture and society.

This year's Salvatori awards sponsor three specific types of research projects devoted to Italian topics:

For graduate students:

Up to $3,000: for travel for dissertation or pre­dissertation research, conducted outside the United States (with exceptions) from May 1st 2018 to April 30th 2019.

For standing faculty:

  • Assistant professors: up to $1,000, to support supplemental research expenses, in particular, incidental publication costs. To be used between May 1st 2018 and April 30th 2019.
  • Associate and full professors: up to $2,500, to support the initial or exploratory phase of a research or curatorial project. Examples are: monograph, edited book, article, digital project, library cataloguing project, faculty research group, study day, grant application, outreach initiative, exhibition, performance, installation, and video (the last five must include a research component). Preference is given to projects involving collaboration with other faculty members, at Penn or outside Penn. The fund needs to be used between May 1st 2018 and April 30th 2019. Requirements are: one public presentation at Penn during the spring 2019, and a report to be published electronically by the Center within the Penn ScholarlyCommons platform by August 1st 2019.


As funds are limited, requests below the upper limit are encouraged. It is not possible to apply for two consecutive years. Applications are evaluated by a Committee of at least three faculty members plus the Director of the Center. Applications (Word or PDF) should include: a two­page proposal (ca. 6,000 characters with no spaces), an estimate of expenses, and a timetable. Graduate students need to provide one letter of support from a standing faculty member in the most relevant department or program. Applicants and recommenders should send an e­mail with the subject “Salvatori Awards 2018” to Prof. Mauro Calcagno at by the March 20 deadline. The next call for applications will be in the spring 2019.