Monash students may be eligible for a travel grant or to apply for financial assistance to study in Prato via:
- a Monash Abroad Travel Grant
- 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:
The Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarship supports you to further your academic development through studying at our centre and by undertaking an Industry Experience with Woolmark allied creative industries.
Two $5000 scholarships are available each year.
What does the scholarship include?
In addition to your study in Prato, you'll be invited to:
- visit Geelong wool growers to observe the role of The Woolmark Company in assisting the Australian wool industry
- participate in extra-curricular activities that will give you an insight into the historical and contemporary significance of the textile industry in Prato
- experience an industry tour led by The Woolmark Company's Milan office. The tour program will depend on the time of year but may include opportunities to meet with industry leaders, attend trade shows, and meet specialist curators, designers and manufacturers in the wool, textile or allied creative industries. Please note that travel and accommodation for the tour are not included in the scholarship.
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.
Hear more about the scholarship program from a Monash alumna who did it and from The Woolmark Company in this video:
Am I eligible?
The scholarship is merit-based - minimum credit (60%) average - and you'll need to demonstrate how the Italian Industry Experience would be relevant to your course, interests, and professional career and development goals.
Monash students from the following faculties are welcome to apply:
- Art Design and Architecture
- Business and Economics
Full details including eligibility criteria and application information are available on the Scholarships website.
Thanks to a donation by the Italian Australian Foundation (IAF), Monash students of Italian descent can apply for a $4000 travel grant to study in Prato (or another destination in Italy) to gain valuable international experience and enrich your understanding of your Italian cultural heritage.
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. 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.
The grant enabled me to travel to Italy and to other parts of Europe to complete my bachelor degree 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 it also allowed me to travel overseas to study and to meet my extended Italian family, which would otherwise not have been possible.
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.
The late Honourable Sir James Gobbo AC CVO, our centre's foundation patron, was instrumental in securing the support of the IAF (known as the Italian Services Institute at the time) to offer these grants.
For further information, including full selection and eligibility criteria, see the Scholarships website.
Search the Scholarships webpage for faculty-based Prato scholarships and grants.
If you are a Monash graduate research student, you may be eligible for a travel grant or fellowship to spend time at our centre. See our Fellowships webpage for more information.
If you would like to help more students to study in Prato, please consider giving to the Bill Kent Foundation Fund.