Berkeley-Naples Research Fellowship

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IES is pleased to announce a study and research opportunity for UC Berkeley graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences, offered by the University of Naples - Federico II in the context of the Erasmus+ Mobility Program.

The University of Naples “Federico II”, established in Naples in 1224, is considered the oldest public non-sectarian university in the world. It is named after its founder, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, who conceived it as the higher education institution not just of a kingdom, but of a universal, diverse, and multinational community. Frederick II himself spoke six languages and is the author of the University’s motto, Ad Scientiarum Haustum et Seminarium Doctrinarum, meaning that the path to wisdom involves both drinking from the source of knowledge and the dissemination of teachings. The main offices of the University are located in the historic center of Naples, Italy, a city established by Greek Settlers in 470 BC whose historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The University includes 26 Departments, 4 Schools, 50 Research Centres and 3 Academies, in collaboration with leading companies, such as the Apple Developer Academy. The University has exchange agreements with 264 partner universities and is part of a number of networks, enabling its students to access a wide variety of study programs abroad. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students are encouraged to apply for several grants offered by our European partner universities. Applications are due in late fall for the upcoming calendar year and cannot be extended for the subsequent year. Grant recipients are expected to complete their research stay in residence at the designated partner university during the calendar year they applied for. Please consult grant descriptions for further details.

Award amount: This program covers a contribution to travel costs of up to €1,500 and a monthly allowance of €850, paid upon arrival in Naples. Students can apply for a stay of 2 to 3 months.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a degree-seeking student at UC Berkeley during the application process and must remain enrolled during the entire study period in Naples. Eligibility is limited to UCB doctoral students in the Arts and Humanities, Social sciences, Journalism and Information science, Business and Law.

Applicants must provide an invitation letter by a faculty host at the University of Naples. UC Berkeley applicants and their host in Naples must have agreed on the research activities to be undertaken prior to the start of the mobility period. 

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following required materials:

  1. A one-page cover letter, including a 100-word (max) abstract of your research and indication of the duration of your stay
  2. A research statement of approximately 1,500 words
  3. One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member; this letter should be sent to
  4. One invitation letter from a faculty member at the University of Naples, indicating the duration of your stay 
  5. A short CV (max 2 pages)

Deadline: March 1

For more information about the University of Naples - Federico II, please contact Professor Amedeo Arena at

For additional information on this fellowship opportunity, please contact