This $3,000 award is open to sophomores who have declared a minor in Italian.

Any carefully planned combination of study and educational travel outside the United States is eligible for submission. Your idea for your project should be your own, but you should consult with Italian faculty for advice.

Applications may be obtained via the departmental website.  Your application must be submitted to the Chair of the Italian Department, Professor Giovanna Faleschini Lerner, by February 15, 2017.

The winner will be selected in  March 2017  and announced to the college community at the Undergraduate Awards ceremony.

On return, the recipient will be expected to make a written report to the department and an oral presentation to any interested campus group or through a poster at the Autumn 2017 Research Fair.


  • A one-page “F&M Summer Foreign Study/Travel Awards Application Cover Sheet” available below.
  • A two-page statement (500-750 words) presenting your reasons for undertaking the proposed plan, its academic and non-academic components, the dates you would be abroad, and your projected itinerary. Attached to the statement should be a bibliography of at least ten (10) items, including books, articles, and sources that you will use in the course of your research.  The statement must include footnotes or parenthetical references to the works cited in the bibliography.
  • A budget including all anticipated expenses, even those that will be covered by other sources.



Your proposal should be formulated only after consultation with an Italian Department faculty member and must be based on a viable plan.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs for advice regarding the logistics of their proposal. Those who intend to participate in an organized program for credit offered by an institution other than Franklin & Marshall must first check with the Office of International Programs to make sure that the program has been approved. The successful applicant is required to attend pre-departure programs conducted by the Office of International Programs.