Patterson Traveling Fellowship to Italy

Harvard University

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Grant amount: Approximately US $2,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 12, 2021 9:00am PST

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Fellowship

Location of project: Italy

Location of residency: Massachusetts

Must travel to: Italy

University restriction: Harvard University

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About this funder:



The goal of the fellowship is to inspire the Harvard community to share John’s love for travel and for Italy. 

One fellowship is awarded each year to fund summer or holiday travel to Italy. The recipient may use the award any time from the start of the summer in the award year to the start of the summer in the next year. The award provides approximately $2,000, enough to cover a two- or three-week visit.

The award is intended to introduce Italy to a student who has little familiarity with the country. The award is for travel that would not otherwise have happened, rather than for funding that the student would have taken anyway. The trip should be intellectually purposeful and personally enriching, but need not contribute in any way to an academic project. After returning, the student will share her or his experiences in a presentation to John’s family, friends, and the Mather House community.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The fellowship will be awarded to a student who:
    • Demonstrates personal or intellectual curiosity about Italy
    • Is resourceful, mature, and displays independence of mind
    • Has not traveled extensively
  • The competition is open to all Harvard first-years, sophomores, and juniors who are not Italian citizens and have not lived in Italy.
  • Candidates must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.


  • There is a strong preference for current Mather House residents and affiliates.