Prizes, Grants, and Bursaries

Winner of the SIS Postgraduate Prize 2016/17

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the SIS Postgraduate Prize 2016/17 is Mical Nelken of UCL, whose dissertation was on ‘Race and Identity in Republican Italian Schools, 1943-69’.

The judges described the dissertation as ‘outstanding’, showing great critical insight and an exceptional ability to articulate the present and future scope of the work for the discipline in general.

The standard of the 2016/17 competition was very high indeed, with a number of really excellent entries from institutions across the UK and Ireland across a very broad range of topics.  The SIS and the competition judges would like to extend their congratulations not only to Mical but also to all entrants.  Well done… the work that we received and read in this competition bodes very well for the future health of our discipline.


Prizes, Grants, and Bursaries

Postgraduate Student Bursary Fund

This fund is designed to support Postgraduate students by facilitating their attendance at UK and ROI conferences which are not directly funded by the Society for Italian Studies (i.e. bursaries are not available for the SIS Biennial or Interim Conferences). Bursaries are normally available for students giving a conference paper, but individual circumstances will be considered. In order to be eligible for a bursary, students must also apply to their home institution for funding and must have the support of their Head of Department. Please note that the requested amount for a bursary should not normally exceed £100. All applicants must be members of the Society for Italian Studies.

Postgraduate students wishing to apply for a bursary are required to submit their application form (MS Word/ PDF) to to the Research Officer, Dr Clodagh Brook ( by one of two deadlines each year: 15 December and 15 June.

SIS Postgraduate Prize

The SIS Postgraduate Prize  aims to raise the profile of Italian Studies at British and Irish Universities and to reward the excellent research being carried out in the discipline.  The prize is worth £250, and is open to postgraduates (MA, MPhil, PhD) in Italian Studies who completed  their studies in the previous two calendar years, or are about to complete.

To be entered for the prize, candidates should submit a piece of work – an MA dissertation, or part (typically a chapter) of an MPhil or PhD thesis –  of no more than 15,000 words in length.   The work must be unpublished, and not be under consideration for publication.

Submissions are made by the supervisor (not directly by the author) and must be accompanied by a covering email confirming the degree for which the author was (or is) registered and when they completed (or are due to complete) it.  We cannot accept entries without the covering email.

For practical reasons, the subject matter will be confined to the humanities and social sciences relating to Italy, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Work may be submitted in English or Italian.  The judging panel will be made up of members of the SIS Executive Committee.

Entries must be sent to Dr Gigliola Sulis (SIS Hon. Secretary) at



British-Italian Society Rooke Memorial Prizes 2016

The winner of the Rooke Prize for Undergraduates was Lucia Crowther of the University of Reading for her dissertation on ‘The Architectural Formalisation of Pilgrimage in the Portico of the Madonna di San Luca’.  The runners-up on the UG category were Melanie Sackett (Exeter) and Isabel Orange (Bristol).

The winner of the Rooke Prize for Postgraduates was Marianna Griffini of the LSE for her work on ‘Colonial Hybridity in the Italian Community in Libya (1926-1970)’.  Runners-up in the PG category were Kate Willman (Warwick) and Stefano Bragato (Reading).

Congratulations to all the winners, and, indeed, to all entrants.  The work received was of an extremely high standard.