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Italian Australian Fellowship

Applications have closed.

The 2024 Sir James Gobbo Legacy Fellowship, sponsored by the Italian Australian Foundation, provides an opportunity for established community leaders, innovators and creators to acquire even higher-level skills to drive leading best practice in Australia by undertaking an immersion activity in Italy.

The Fellowship is a year long program - travel and completion of report is within one year.

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The Fellowship

The applicants should be cultural ambassadors for Italy, having established an organisation that either employs staff or has a prominent place in the Australian cultural landscape.  The applicants must have existing connections and influence to be able to disseminate knowledge/skills to a large number of people either through policy, media and/or government relationships; or are in a position to promote and elevate Italian culture and skills to the wider community.


Applications are open to Australian residents of Italian descent. Candidates must travel to Italy as part of their Fellowship. Non-Italian descendants are eligible to apply, although preference will be given to Italian Australians.


Italian descent is defined, for the purpose of this Fellowship, as being able to trace Italian ancestry within three generations on at least one side of the family. Three generations means up to the level of Grandparent/s.

Priority Areas

Eligible individuals are encouraged to apply for the prestigious Sir James Gobbo Legacy Fellowship, sponsored by the Italian Australian Foundation. This Fellowship aims to contribute to the ongoing advancement of a skilled Australia, emphasizing the following key areas; conservation, heritage trades, artisan skills, Italian language and culture, with a focus on one of the following priority areas:

  • Fashion - design, textile, production and creation. This Fellowship would include skills acquisition for a  2 - 4 weeks at an Italian Fashion House.

  • Art restoration - this Fellowship includes a 2 - 4 week skills enhancement activity at a museum, gallery, or with an artisan restoration specialist.

  • Italian Art - an artist, curator and/or art historian will travel to Italy for 2-4 weeks for a skills acquisition activity at a museum or gallery, such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

The Italian Australian Foundation

The Italian Australian Foundation makes grants to funds, institutions and other entities to provide or facilitate educational, cultural and heritage services that advance the appreciation of Italian culture, language, skills and heritage for persons of Italian descent resident in Australia and the broader Australian community.

Fellowship Application Form

When completing this Fellowship Application Form please ensure you refer to the corresponding Fellowship.

Look at Application Guidelines for further information and tips.

If you do not have the correct documentation such as your CV, letter of support and employer endorsement letter, your application will not be considered.

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