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Monash students undertaking units at the Prato Centre may be eligible for a travel scholarship or to apply for financial assistance including the

  • Monash Abroad Travel Scholarship
  • OS-HELP loan from the Australian Government

See the Monash Abroad website for more information.

Monash students may also be eligible to apply for a range of merit and/or equity travel scholarships and grants including the

  • Italian Australian Foundation Travel Grant
  • The Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarship
  • various faculty-based scholarships and grants

See the Scholarships and individual faculty websites for more information.

The Woolmark Company logoThe Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarship

The Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarship is designed to support students to further their academic development at the Monash Prato Centre and it includes an Industry Experience coordinated by the Woolmark Company in Milan, Italy. It offers a unique opportunity to tour Woolmark allied creative industries especially the textile industry in Milan.

There are two $5,000 scholarships available each year for study in Prato in 2018-2020.

The scholarship is open to students from the following faculties:
Art Design and Architecture; and
Business and Economics.

In addition to their study in Prato, the successful applicants will be invited to:

  • participate in relevant extra-curricular activities related to the historical significance of the textile industry in Prato
  • undertake an industry tour led by The Woolmark Company's Milan office. The tour may include opportunities for the scholarship recipients to meet with industry leaders, attend international and/or European trade shows, and meet specialist curators, designers and manufacturers in the wool, textile or allied creative industries. The final tour program will be developed according to the time of year, the availability of The Woolmark Company, and the scholarship recipient's interests. Please note that travel and accommodation for the tour are not included in the scholarship.

Prior to their departure for Italy, the scholarship recipients will be invited to visit Geelong wool growers to observe the role of the Woolmark Company in assisting the Australian Wool Industry.

The Australian Woolmark Company is a research and development institute and is involved in the commercialisation of wool technologies now recognised as a global authority on Merino wool.

It is a merit-based scholarship (minimum credit (60%) average) and interested students will also need to demonstrate how the Italian Industry Experience would be relevant to their course, interests, and professional career and development goals.

Full scholarship details including eligibility criteria and application information are available on the Scholarships website.

Italian Australian Foundation Travel Grant

Eligible Monash students are able to apply for a travel grant to study at the
Monash Prato Centre thanks to a donation by the Italian Australian Foundation. The donation aims to support Monash students of Italian descent in Australia to travel overseas to Monash University's Prato Centre or to another destination in Italy to gain valuable international experience and enrich their understanding of their Italian cultural heritage.
The grant enabled me to travel to Italy and to other parts of Europe to complete my bachelor and diploma in languages earlier than was scheduled within the Australian university school year. This not only cut off six months of my degree but also allowed me to travel overseas to study and to meet my extended Italian family, which would otherwise not have been possible. 

According to Australian immigration law, I am third generation Italian on my Mum’s side of the family. My grandparents both originated from Ostiglia, Mantova, in the province of Lombardia, Italy. My Nonno arrived in Australia in 1931 and my Nonna arrived 18 months later with my Uncle Francesco. My Nonno had been encouraged by his uncle to migrate to Australia due to the extensive work opportunities available in the farming industry at the time. Nonno worked on various farms around Texas, Queensland, until he was able to buy his own farm in Tenterfield, Queensland, in 1953. My Mum grew up on this very property before she later moved to Sydney and then to Melbourne with my Dad in 1992.
During one of my weekends I was fortunate enough to be able to meet and visit my extended family that to this day still live in Ostiglia. They showed me around Ostiglia and Mantova and even took me to visit Verona for the Saint Valentine's Day Festival. It was a truly overwhelming and wonderful experience to finally meet my extended Italian family.

Arianna Brown

For further information about the Italian Australian Foundation Travel Grant, including full selection and eligibility criteria, see the Scholarships website.

Research grants, scholarships and awards

If you are a Monash higher degree by research student and would like to use the Centre as a base for carrying out your research, there are also grants and awards available to help cover the cost of travel, accommodation and living expenses.

The Vice-Chancellor’s International Inter-Campus PhD Travel Grant is a one-off travel grant of AUD$3,000 to subsidise a visit to one of Monash University’s international locations including the Monash Prato Centre. Application information is available on the Graduate Research intranet.