MAECI Scholarship

MAECI Scholarship

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The MAECI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) Scholarship is an initiative by the Italian government designed to promote international cultural, scientific, and technological cooperation, support Italy's economic system in the world. 

Offered by  Government bodies 
Amount granted  INR 81,170 per month 
Type of scholarship  Merit-based 
Level of program  Postgraduate and Doctorate 
Application deadline  June 9th, 2024 (tentative) 
International students  Yes 
Official url  MAECI Scholarship

 

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What are the benefits of the MAECI Scholarship?

Applicants receive a monthly stipend of INR 81,170, disbursed quarterly into their Italian bank account. The initial payment of the grant is contingent upon the completion of university enrollment and the submission of all required documents, following the administrative procedures in place. 

Scholarships are provided for a study duration of either six or nine months, spanning from January to October. Scholarship holders are not required to pay university tuition fees, although they must cover a regional tax of €140 and a stamp duty of €16.

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What is the eligibility criteria for the MAECI Scholarship?

Applications for the scholarship must be submitted exclusively through the Study in Italy portal. It's mandatory for applicants to have a current passport or identity card, and a clear photocopy of this document must be uploaded at the time of application to avoid disqualification. Furthermore, applicants must meet the following criteria by the application deadline.

Academic requirements

Only foreign and Italian applicants residing abroad (IRE) who possess the necessary academic qualifications for enrollment in an Italian University/Institute can apply. Detailed information on academic qualification recognition can be found at the Study in Italy website (Visit Here).

Age limits

  • list items For Master’s Degree/Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM) Programs/Italian Language and Culture advanced Courses: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and not older than 28 years by the call's deadline (must be born after June 9, 1994), except for those seeking renewal.
  • list items For PhD Programs: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and not older than 30 years by the call's deadline (must be born after June 9, 1992), except for those seeking renewal.
  • list items For Research Projects under academic supervision: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and not older than 40 years by the call's deadline (must be born after June 9, 1982).
  • Language Proficiency

    For Italian-taught courses:

    Applicants need a B2 level certification in Italian according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A certification from an Italian course at a university may also be accepted.

    For English-taught courses:

    A B2 level certification in English is required, according to the CEFR. Candidates from English-speaking countries can self-certify their proficiency. Those with an English-taught Bachelor’s degree can submit documentation proving their program was conducted in English. No Italian language proof is needed for courses entirely in English.

    For Italian language and culture advanced courses:

    A minimum of A2 level certification in Italian is needed, as per the CEFR. Certifications from an Italian language or Italian-taught course at a university or cultural institute are also acceptable.

    For PhD programs and Research projects:

    No language proficiency proof is required.

     

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    What is the application process for the MAECI Scholarship?

    Applicants are required to submit their applications online, which becomes accessible after registering on the Study in Italy portal at the following URL:Click Here. It is advised to use an email address that is regularly checked for the registration process on the Study in Italy portal, as all subsequent communications will be directed to the provided email address.

     

    Indian citizens are also required to register their application on the website of the Indian Ministry of Education at Visit Here in addition to submitting their application through the Study in Italy portal. This step ensures that the application is recognized and supported by both the Italian and Indian educational authorities.

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    What are the documents required for the MAECI Scholarship?

    For the MAECI Scholarship application, candidates typically need to prepare and submit a set of documents to support their eligibility and qualifications. While specific requirements may vary depending on the scholarship program and academic year, generally, the following documents are required:

  • list items Valid passport or identity card: A legible photocopy of a valid passport or identity card must be uploaded at the time of registration.
  • list items Academic qualifications: Documentation of the academic qualifications required for enrollment in the chosen Italian University/Institute. This may include diplomas, certificates, and transcripts.
  • list items Language proficiency certificate:
    • For Italian-taught courses, a B2 level certification in Italian within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is usually required.
    • For English-taught courses, a B2 level certification in English is typically needed.
    • For Italian language and culture courses, an A2 level certification in Italian might be required.
  • list items Curriculum vitae (CV): A comprehensive CV detailing educational background, work experience, and any other relevant activities or achievements.
  • list items Letter of admission (if available): From the Italian University/Institute, if the applicant has already been accepted.
  • list items Research proposal or study plan: For PhD and research applicants, a detailed proposal or plan outlining the objectives and methodology of the intended research or study.
  • list items Letter(s) of Recommendation: From academic and/or professional referees, highlighting the applicant’s abilities and suitability for the scholarship.
  • list items Health insurance proof: Evidence of health insurance coverage for the duration of the stay in Italy.
  • list items Self certification for English speaking country residents (if applicable): For applicants from countries where English is an official language and who are applying for English-taught courses
  • list items Bachelor’s degree certification (for English-taught programs): For applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree taught entirely in English, a document certifying this fact.
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    What is the selection process for the MAECI Scholarship?

    The selection of candidates for the scholarship is carried out by a Committee established by the relevant Italian Diplomatic Mission. The process involves several key steps:

    Evaluation Process

  • list items Comprehensive Assessment: Applications undergo a thorough evaluation based on the entry requirements and additional criteria of merit, which are closely related to the applicant's curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Awarding Procedures

  • list items Merit-based Awards: Scholarships are granted following a comparative assessment of the applications, where the Committee considers both the fulfillment of the entry requirements and the merit criteria evident in the applicants' CVs.
  • Publication of Results

  • list items Ranking List Announcement: The competent Diplomatic Mission will disclose the ranking list of successful grantees and any reserve candidates on its website. This list is deemed final and conclusive.
  • list items Notification of Winners: Successful candidates will be informed about the scholarship award via the Study in Italy portal. The absence of a candidate’s name in the published list of winners and reserves signifies that the grant has not been awarded to them.
  • list items Privacy Considerations: In instances where the ranking list cannot be published due to privacy or security concerns, successful candidates will receive individual notifications.
  • This selection and notification process ensures transparency and fairness, allowing candidates to understand their status regarding the scholarship award.

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    How can you contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation?

    You can get your questions or queries answered by using the below-mentioned contact details:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation 

    Piazzale della Farnesina, 100135, Rome

    Main Switchboard 

    +39 - 06.36911

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    Frequently asked questions 

    Can the scholarship be renewed?

    Renewal is possible for certain categories of applicants, such as those seeking to continue their studies or research. Age limits and other conditions apply, and it's best to refer to the official call for applications for detailed information.

    When will I know if I have been awarded the MAECI Scholarship?

    The ranking list of successful grantees will be published on the website of the competent Diplomatic Mission. Applicants will also be notified via the Study in Italy portal.

    Are there any provisions for health insurance under the scholarship?

    Scholars are required to have health insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in Italy. Proof of health insurance is a necessary document for the scholarship application. The scholarship does not directly provide health insurance, so recipients must arrange this independently.

    What happens if my application is successful but I am unable to commence my studies as planned?

    Recipients who are unable to commence their studies or research as planned due to valid reasons (e.g., health issues, visa delays) should immediately inform the relevant authorities, including the Italian Embassy or Consulate and the university or institute. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to defer the scholarship.

    Can the scholarship be used for any field of study?

    The MAECI Scholarship is available for a wide range of postgraduate courses and research activities. However, applicants should verify the specific fields of study supported each academic year, as there may be priority areas identified by the MAECI.