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Michele Sicca Research Grant

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.
Application Deadline: March 8, 2024
Application Timeframe: Spring
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The Michele Sicca Research Grant was created by the late Mario Einaudi, Goldwin Smith Professor of International and Comparative Politics and former Director of the Center for International Studies. Michele Sicca was an anti-fascist physician with whom Professor Einaudi worked in exile during the Mussolini period.

The primary aim of the Sicca grant program is to help Cornell doctoral candidates explore possible research topics in European Studies, or otherwise launch their dissertation work via preliminary summer fieldwork in Europe. Applications from advanced doctoral students for completion of European Studies-related dissertations may also be considered if funding is available. 


  • The quality and feasibility of the applicant's Europe-focused research proposal
  • Evidence that field research in Europe will advance the applicant’s doctoral program
  • Applicant's academic performance and qualifications to complete the proposed project
  • Strength of the applicant's letters of recommendation


  • 4-5 page project proposal (double-spaced) with bibliography
  • Project budget 
  • 1 letter of recommendation

Winners receive up to $4,000 in funding, distributed through their bursar account. The Michele Sicca Grant competition is conducted together with the IES Graduate Research Grant and Manon Michels Einaudi Grant competitions. Candidates submit a single application and are automatically considered for each of the awards.

The online application form requires applicants to provide the names and email addresses of faculty recommenders. The online system automatically generates a notification email to the recommenders with instructions on how to log in and upload a recommendation letter. The submission deadline for a letter of recommendation is March 15, 2024.

Contact IES with questions about this award.

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Fellowship


  • Student