Salvatori Research Awards

Faculty and Graduate Student Research

Deadline for submissions: April 5, 2021.

Awards announced by April 30, 2021.

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. Both individual and collaborative projects are welcome.

Graduate students and full-time faculty members (standing and non-standing) can apply.

Each award is up to $3,000 and is intended to support expenses related to research, accommodation, and travel, occurring between May 1st 2021 and August 30th 2022. Considering COVID-related uncertainties, the covered period includes two summers during which funds can be used.

A report is required by October 1st 2022.


As funds are limited, requests below the upper limit are encouraged. It is not possible to apply for two consecutive years. If awarded a grant, advance travel funds are not available. 

Applications are evaluated by a Committee of at least two faculty members plus the Director of the Center. 

Applications (Word or PDF) should include: a two­-page proposal (ca. 6,000 characters with no spaces), an estimate of expenses, a timetable, and a list of past Salvatori Awards obtained (if applicable). 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 2021” to Prof. Mauro Calcagno at by the April 5 deadline.

The next call for applications will be in the spring 2022.