Awards and Scholarships


The Gian-Paolo Biasin Memorial Travel Prize:

The Department of Italian Studies is pleased to announce its annual competition for the Gian-Paolo Biasin Memorial Travel Prize. This year it consists of an award of $2000, to be used to fund a recent Berkeley graduate’s travel to Italy for further study, either in the summer of 2017 or for all or part of the academic year 2017-18.  All current seniors who intend to graduate in Spring 2017 are eligible to apply, as are those who graduated in Summer or Fall 2016. Applicants must have achieved passing grades in at least three courses taken in the Department of Italian Studies, at least one of which must have been taught in Italian. (Courses taken through the University of California Education Abroad Program at its sites in Italy may be counted for this purpose.) Other things being equal, those who majored or minored in Italian Studies will be given preference. Applicants should e-mail a two pages description of their travel and study plans, along with the name of at least one faculty member or GSI who is familiar with their work — please note that only the name is required; actual letters will be solicited by the Department if needed.

 The Biasin Prize was endowed by Professor Biasin’s family, his colleagues at Berkeley and elsewhere, and his many friends in both Italy and North America, after his sadly premature death in 1998.


Send your submission by Thursday April 13, 2017  to Professor Diego Pirillo, Undergraduate Faculty Advisor: