Summer Fellowships for Italian University Students

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The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation will provide funding to receive training and conduct biomedical research in a laboratory at Harvard Medical School or affiliated hospital for the months of July and August starting on July 1st, 2016. The program is aimed at Italian university students who wish to explore the American research system and who will return to their home institution to complete their degree. Research experience is preferred, but not necessary. Note: clinical research or clinical activities are not supported by this program.

This program is under the Patronage of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Click here for list of previous Armenise-Harvard Summer Fellows.


Italian students enrolled in an Italian public or private university in a “Laurea specialistica” (4th and 5th year) with a focus on biomedical research (Biology, Biotechnology, Neuroscience, etc) or in the 4th, 5th or 6th year of Medicine are eligible to apply. Students expecting to graduate before July 2016 are not eligible.


Successful applicants will be awarded a fellowship for 2,700 Euros to help with costs of the round-trip flight to Boston, accommodation during the fellowship, health insurance costs and incidentals.  Fellowships in the past have been provided by the Giovanni Armenise Harvard Foundation, the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia, and CIBIO/University of Trento. Students from Ghislieri and CIBIO/Trento should indicate in their CV and in the Application form that they are affiliated with these institutions.

Application Guidelines

Please Note:  The application process for summer, 2016 opened on October 2, 2015. 

The application process is electronic and the deadline for application is December 20, 2015. Candidates should send all application documents to the Foundation at:

Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the referees to the same address.

The application must be in English and include in the following order:

  • Application form (click 2016_Summer_Fellows_application_form to obtain the application form)Applications are available as of October 2, 2015.
  • student curriculum vitae summarizing both academic and extra-curricular achievements
  • university transcript (official statement of exam results) with translation, if necessary
  • a 1 page (approx. 500 word) essay describing the student’s career path and research experience, if any, and how he/she will benefit from this program. (The essay must speak to who you are, what your scientific interests are and where you see yourself in the future. Be specific and be personal. While it is acceptable to use an English speaker to edit the language in the essay, students who use an essay written by someone else will be disqualified).
  • proof of English proficiency: Applicants must be fluent in English and ideally should submit TOEFL or Cambridge Proficiency scores. Students with no TOEFL or CP test scores should submit a statment certifying competency in English.
  • 2 recommendation letters from professors or other educators who know the student well, addressing his/her independence, aptitude and academic performance. Letters should be on institute letterhead, signed, and scanned and sent via email independently to in a file bearing the first and last name of the student as well as that of the referee as title (example, Mario Rossi from Corsi.doc).
  • Finalists will be chosen for an interview with the selection committee to be conducted via Skype on February 6, 2016.

Award Notification

Students will be notified of the results of the initial selection process during the first week of February, 2016.  Following Skype interviews with the selection committee on Saturday, February 6, 2016, final decisions will be sent to students within the following two weeks.

Successful applicants should select 5-10 laboratories at HMS or affiliated hospitals.  We draw your attention particularly to the first six links, which illustrate opportunities in laboratories on the Harvard Medical School campus:

The fellows will be guided in applying for an internship to the various labs. In addition to the research activity, they will also be expected to attend a weekly Career Development Course, where they will meet with Italian scientists and professors in Boston, who will discuss their education and career choices. Details on visa and accommodation will be provided after the acceptance of the application.

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