IASA Memorial Fellowship: $1,000

The Award calendar will be modified and announced by Oct. 2


IASA awards this annual fellowship to the author of the year’s outstanding Ph.D. dissertation or MA thesis proposal in Italian American studies. We welcome all approaches to the field of study.

IASA would like to thank James Periconi for his donation to fund the Memorial Fellowship. For those who would like to contribute and have their name added in recognition, please click on our Donation Campaigns.


Graduate students in any discipline whose work focuses on Italian American culture are eligible and encouraged to apply; graduate students in good standing in their own home institution's graduate program (i.e., fully enrolled, degree-seeking; completing work in a timely manner; no academic probation, etc.). Prior candidates are especially encouraged to resubmit previously non- funded applications.

Students applying for the annual conference travel grants are also eligible. Please note: Qualifications, seniority, and quality of application will be considered in decision making. The fellowship award is decided by an Italian American Studies Association committee selected via the Executive Council.




  1. Cover letter: (in the body of your e-mail message). Briefly describe your dissertation research project and your progress toward completion.
  1. Project description: A description of dissertation or thesis work completed or in-progress; format should be three double-spaced pages maximum using a standard 12-point font with 1-inch margins. If the project is a Master’s Degree thesis or Doctoral dissertation, indicate that and describe its scope. It is important that you clearly explain the significance of your research and how it contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Italian American studies.
  1. Curriculum vitae: Include recent professional activities, awards, honors, courses you have taught, and research publications and presentations. Also, please include the current mail address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Maximum length not to exceed two pages.
  1. Copy of unofficial transcripts: (as proof of good standing).
  1. Two letters of reference: preferably from an academic advisor, committee member, and/or dissertation director, addressing the relevance of your project to the furthering of Italian American studies.

Please send Documents 2 and 3 as WORD.doc attachments. Unofficial transcripts should be scanned as a PDF document; letters of reference must be sent as scanned documents in PDF form with a signature and on official letterhead.

For any questions about the application process, please contact:
Courtney Ruffner at webmaster@italianamericanstudies.net.

DEADLINE: September 27, 2020

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The fellowship recipient will be notified via email and will also be announced at the annual IASA conference.

IASA Memorial Fellowship: Past Winners

2019: Ryan Antonucci, Building a New (Deal) Identity: The Evolution of Italian-American Political Culture, 1910-1936  & Anthony Mitzel, Ephemerality and Diaspora the Memes of Production in Italian American Culture

2018: Jessica Leonora Whitehead, "Cinema-Going on the Margins: The Mascioli Film Circuit of Northeastern Ontario"

2017: Eva Pelayo Sanudo, "Genre, Gender and Space: Family Saga, Streets in the Italian American Experience"

2016: No Fellowship Awarded

2015: Anna Ciamparella, "World Greetings: Atlantic and Cosmopolitan Reflections on Giuseppe Ungaretti's, Langston Hughes's, and Antonio D'Alfonso's Works"

2014: Anthony Mitzel, "The Ethnogenesis of Youngstown's Italians: Studying Narrative Accounts

2013: Sarah Salter, "Patterns of Imagination and Recognition in Italy and the United States 1790-1910"

2012: Andrew Hoyt, "The Black Ink of the Subversive Press: Propaganda Networks, Radical Print Culture, and Revolutionary Social Fields"

2011: Laura Cappone, "Local Responses to International Challenges: The Migratory and Entrepreneurial Experiences of Casalviovani in Detroit, Windsor, San Diego, and Toronto" 

2010: Theodora Patrona, "Novels of Return: Ethnic Space in Contemporary Greek American and Italian American Literature"

2009: Evelyn Ferraro, "Italian National Identity and the Culture of Migration"

2008: Danielle Battisti, "Italian Immigration in the U.S. after World War II"