Possible funding sources include:

The Department of Italian, University College Cork, is offering one scholarship with a total value of €20,000 per annum, to cover fees (€5,770 per annum for EU students; €11,540 per annum for non-EU students) and the balance to be paid as a stipend in monthly instalments. The Scholarship is renewable for a total of up to three years, subject to the student receiving satisfactory progress reports.

The scholarship, named after Eduardo Saccone, professor of Italian at UCC from 1994 to 2003, is for PhD research on a topic in the area of modern and contemporary Italian literature.

Deadline for receipt of applications: Thursday, 30 May 2013.

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Leonardo Sciascia Project

In the context of a new, structured PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities (see below), applications are invited for the following project at University College Cork, Ireland. Please note the very short deadline of 6 July 2011. Details of the application procedure are available on the DAH webpage.

From Local to Global: the national and international reception of Leonardo Sciascia

Leonardo Sciascia’s impact as a writer and political and cultural commentator extended beyond the bounds of his native Sicily in which his early works were rooted and has continued since his death in 1989 to the present day, with supporters and detractors still using him as a point of reference. The project aims to map his influence and reputation in spatial and temporal terms through the extensive critical, journalistic, artistic bibliography and audio-visual materials on him, and to create an innovative interface for interrogating that bibliography in order to develop an understanding of the reception of his works and their part in constructing Sicilian and Italian identity in general in an international context.

In addition to the institutions listed below in connection with the broader Digital Arts and Humanities project, this fellowship will involve collaboration with the Associazione Amici di Leonardo Sciascia (www.amicisciascia.it), which is making available its existing, partial database, and with its annual journal of Sciascia studies, Todomodo, as well as with the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy. Applicants should have excellent English and Italian; a reading knowledge of other languages will be an advantage.

Further information:

Sciascia Studentship: Dr Mark Chu, MChu@italian.ucc.ie

Digital Arts and Humanities: Prof. Brendan Dooley, b.dooley@ucc.ie

PhD Studentships in Digital Arts and Humanities


Individual fellowships will focus on specific aspects of the larger project, with a view to making important contributions to the history of science and to Digital Humanities. 

Fellowships include subject-related instruction as well as wide-ranging technical instruction in Digital Humanities and amount to 16,000 euro plus tuition per annum.

Fellowships are based at University College in Cork, Ireland, utilizing resources of Trinity College Dublin, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, Queen’s University Belfast.

University College Cork is one of Ireland’s leading universities, and the Department of Italian has particular strength in modern and contemporary Italian culture:



Applications will include a 1500 word project statement related to the specific initiative intended.

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