Prizes, scholarships and other financial support

Scholarships Office website
The University of Sydney Scholarships Office has information on scholarships offered by the University to all students: current and future; local and international; undergraduate, Honours, postgraduate coursework and research.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences scholarship information
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences lists information on Scholarships and Prizes available to students in the Faculty.

Research Office
The Research Office provides information on research funding, including a scholarships bulletin, and links to databases of research grants and scholarships.

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme
The PRSS is a scheme that provides direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students. Under the scheme, funds are allocated to Schools or Departments (in some cases Faculties) based on their higher degree research enrolment figures in the previous year. The funds are not allocated directly to the students but are awarded by Schools or Departments to eligible applicants on a competitive basis according to the University's general guidelines. Information about the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme is available on the Scholarships Office website.

In the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the PRSS application process is managed by the Schools. At least one application round will be held every year. For information on application closing dates and to obtain copies of application forms and guidelines visit the School website.

Below are listed prizes and scholarships specific to this Department.

The Merenda Scholarships

The Merenda Scholarships, established in 2009, are the gift of Ms Frances Merenda, a pioneering social-worker to the Italian community in Australia. These travelling scholarships are available to 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in an Italian Studies major, and who are taking up an approved exchange place at an Italian University; or to postgraduate students enrolled in Italian Studies who intend to travel to Italy to pursue further study or research for their degree program.

Click here for full details and how to apply.

University prizes

These are awarded to students without application, by the school and departments (each of these includes a small monetary component):

  • Beatrice Moran Memorial Prize in Third Year Italian
    Awarded for proficiency in 3000-level units of Italian. The prize was established with a gift in 1930 from Dr Herbert Michael Moran in memory of his sister Beatrice Annie Moran.
  • Countess E M Freehill Prize No 1 for First Year Italian
    Awarded for proficiency in 1000-level units of Italian, conditional on attending at least two 2000-level units in next semester. Established in 1930 by the Countess Eileen Marie Freehill.
  • Countess E M Freehill Prize No 2 for Second Year Italian
    Awarded for proficiency in in 2000-level units of Italian, conditional on attending at least two 3000-level units in next semester. Established in 1930 by the Countess Eileen Marie Freehill.
  • Rosina Tedeschi Memorial Prize for Italian Conversation
    For greatest improvement in Italian conversation in 1000-level courses (‘per l’ottimo profitto compiuto nell’uso orale della lingua italiana nel primo anno di studio’). The prize was established in 1983 by Mr Roberto A Tedeschi, in memory of his mother Rosina who was a lecturer in the Department of Italian from 1945 to 1970, and is still remembered by generations of students. It was augmented in 2013 by a gift from Mark, Michael and Claire Tedeschi, Rosina’s grandchildren, in memory of their father and her son Robert Tedeschi, who died on 31/3/2013.
  • The Silvana d'lapico-Bien Prize in Italian Studies
    Established in 2015, the Silvana d'lapico-Bien Prize in Italian Studies is generously donated by Ms Silvana d'lapico-Bien. This prize is awarded to the best third year student in Italian Studies, conditional on enrolling into Honours the following year.

Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarships

The Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarships offer financial assistance for overseas study to students enrolled in either the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Education. These are awarded on the students proposed program of study and how it relates to the applicant's intended career. Application forms and referee's reports are available from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Education

Italian Government scholarships

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is offering scholarships for the current academic year to Australian citizens. The scholarships can be allocated long term (one academic year, 9 - 12 months) or short term (minimum 3 months). For further information contact the Italian Institute of Culture by or phone +61 2 9392 7939 during office hours.

The Judith Russell Ryan Scholarship

The Judith Russell Ryan Scholarships were established in 2015 thanks to a bequest from Ms Judith Russell Ryan for students proceeding to Honours in Italian Studies, on the basis of their results obtained in Italian Studies in previous years.

For more information and on how to apply, please click here.

Other Scholarships

Please check the Italian studies noticeboard on level 7 of the Brennan MacCallum building A18 for other scholarship opportunities.