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The Edinburgh Gadda Prize

Honorary President: Gianrico Carofiglio

Chair: Federica G. Pedriali

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The John Di Ciacca Scholarship 2012

Applications are invited for the John Di Ciacca Scholarship in Italian Diaspora Studies. The Scholarship, which is generously sponsored by the Blairston Charitable Trust, will support one Master by Research Programme in Italian Diaspora Studies at Edinburgh University in the academic year 2012-2013 covering registration fees of up to £5,750.

The Nicola Benedetti Scholarships

The John Di Ciacca Scholarship is the first Master programme to be created as part of the Nicola Benedetti Scholarship Fund. Established in 2010, the Fund supports Masters, PhDs and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. To explore ways of making a gift to the Fund please contact David Nicholson, Development Trust, Scholarship Office.

Italian Studies at Edinburgh

Italian is part of the School of Literatures Languages and Cultures, Division of European Languages and Cultures, and is the home of the Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies and the Edinburgh Gadda Prize. Through a rich interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching which includes the visual arts, music, literature, history and philosophy, the Department encourages its students to explore the fundamental Italian-ness of European culture from the Early Modern period to the present and contributes to cross-School courses in Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, Political Theory, Migration Studies, Gender Studies and Translation Studies.

Italian Diaspora Studies at Edinburgh

The Blairston Charitable Trust funded the first John Di Ciacca Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011-2012. The aim of the John Di Ciacca initiative is to support a far-reaching investigation into the Italian Diaspora, especially from the areas around Picinisco and Barga, in Central Italy, and its influence on Scotland and its people since the early modern period. The study will take into account a number of cultural and material specifics and will examine key factors such as geography, climate, diet, political history, religion, the arts, banking and trade. It will also assess processes and identifiers of integration and assimilation to establish how and to what extent the Italian Diaspora has shaped cross-cultural understanding and bonds in both the home and the host country.

The recipient of the Scholarship will become an active member of the Edinburgh Italian Diaspora Group and will work with Professor Pedriali on the fourth edition of the Edinburgh Gadda Prize, Montecassino 2013, which will combine the Italo-Scottish Diaspora Initiative, il Gaddus Scholars, and Gadda Giovani under the title No-Where-Next / War-Diaspora-Origin.

Research proposal

We welcome proposals in any area of Italian Diaspora Studies, in any combinations with other subjects and disciplines. Enquiries regarding proposals may be made directly to Professor Federica Pedriali.


Applicants must have a first class degree in Italian Studies or be in the final year of study for their first degree. In the latter case, one of the two referees will have to state the expected results. Applicants must be proficient in both Italian and English. Non-native speakers of English will have to meet the language entry requirements for postgraduate study at Edinburgh.


Applicants must ask two referees to send their references directly to John Di Ciacca Scholarship Application by the closing date. References should comment on the quality of the research proposal as well as on the qualifications of the applicant.

Completing your application

The completed application form (word file, pdf file), together with updated CV and two writing samples should be sent to:

Professor Federica G. Pedriali
Head of Italian Studies
David Hume Tower
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9JX
Scotland UK

Closing date: 31 May 2012. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Decisions will be notified by email by 20 June 2012.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to clear admission procedures by applying for a Master by Research programme following the award of the Scholarship. Separate instructions regarding this application will be given upon notification of the award.

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