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The Premio Famiglia Fiducia Fund for the Middlebury Italian School, established in 2016, is a scholarship to support graduate students pursuing an MA in Italian at the Middlebury Italian School and the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Italy, headquartered in Florence.

The fellowship will fund the complete master’s degree program for three students. You will complete your master’s degree by attending one six-week summer session in Bennington and one academic year at the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Italy in Florence.

The Fellowship covers tuition, room, and board for the summer and year abroad. Recipients will be identified as Premio Famiglia Fiducia Fellows.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be admitted to the Italian MA program.
  • Have completed a four-year undergraduate education.
  • Have at least one year’s absence from academia (at least one year must have passed since receiving an undergraduate degree)*.

This opportunity is open to all students who meet the above criteria, regardless of citizenship. Please contact us if you have questions about this requirement.


Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST, February 1.

How to Apply

All components of the application must be received by the deadline. Students will be notified by email on or around March 1:

  • Middlebury Language Schools online application (application form, application fee, official transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, language assessment).
  • Online scholarship form.
  • Middlebury need-based financial aid form.
Elena Valeriote

Elena Valeriote

When I completed my undergraduate education three years ago, I was by no means ready to give up on learning Italian. When a friend of mine recommended Middlebury, I jumped at the chance to further my language studies. Upon graduation, I plan to return to my previous work in journalism with a focus on sustainable farming and agritourism in Italy and the United States. 

Mikaela Taylor

Mikaela Taylor

I chose Middlebury for the academic excellence and rigor of the Language Schools and the uniquely immersive study abroad experience in Florence – environments in which my language abilities and intercultural understanding will flourish. I hope to connect my previous work experience in special collections librarianship with my passion for Italian, working in libraries and archives with Italian rare books and manuscripts.