Every year the Bank of Italy offers "Bonaldo Stringher", "Giorgio Mortara" and "Donato Menichella" scholarships for graduates wishing to undertake further study in the following fields:
- political economy and economic policy
- mathematical, statistical and econometric methods, mainly applied to the analysis of institutions, markets and financial instruments and the regulations governing them
- the relationship between the legal framework and economic growth and the impact of regulation on economic activity.
Applicants must have completed a 4- or 5-year degree course at an Italian or equivalent foreign university, obtaining marks of 110/110 or equivalent, and they must be proficient in one or more foreign languages.
With these scholarships, the Bank of Italy funds promising graduates who are seriously interested in doing research in the fields described. Accordingly, in judging applications, special importance is attached to the candidate’s degree thesis and his or her aptitude for scholarly work as demonstrated in the thesis, as well as to the programme of scholarship and research that the candidate sets out.
The Bank of Italy may also grant - to the winners and particularly deserving applicants selected by the examining boards -first training research scholarships lasting three months (which may be extended up to six months) to take part in research projects at the Bank.
Competitions for the scholarships are normally announced in the summer of each year, with a deadline for applications in October and the award of the scholarships in December.