Italian American Studies

The UNICO National Graduate Fellowship was established with combined gifts from UNICO Foundation and the Twin Cities chapter of UNICO National. Additional contributions have been received from supporters. Its objective is to promote the study of any aspect of the Italian diaspora, particularly in North America. In addition to pursuing graduate study, fellows will participate in the development, research, and promotion of activities related to the IHRC’s Italian American collections.

This fellowship varies in amount and duration with a maximum 1-semester living stipend of $8,600 and up to, but not more than, $8,600 toward tuition, mandatory fees and health insurance, subject to United States tax law. UNICO National fellowships may be awarded more than once to the same student during her/his enrollment in the University. Departments in which graduate students are enrolled arrange individual financial assistance packages of varying terms and amounts, often applied to the second and third years of study, usually through research or teaching assistantships.


The UNICO National Graduate Fellowship in Italian American Studies is not available for academic year 2019-2020.


International and U.S. permanent residence and citizens students are eligible. To be considered for this fellowship, candidates must:

  • be admitted to, or currently enrolled in, a Masters or PhD degree program in the University of Minnesota Graduate School
  • have research interests related to the history and culture of Italians (in the United States or the Italian diaspora) that require research in the IHRC Italian collections
  • have reading proficiency in Italian as well as English languages (international students should consult TOEFL requirements)