There are two application deadlines for each academic year (new from 2019/20): 15th September and 15th January. For the first deadline the certification of knowledge of the Italian language is not required. In case of provisional acceptance of the application, this proof must be provided by 15 January.

Please send your application electronically in a single pdf file to the following e-mail addresses:  and

Please contact the secretariat ( immediately if you have not received confirmation of receipt within one week.

The Steering Committee, together with the Director of Studies, decides on admission to the programme at the Steering Committee meeting following the application deadline. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by e-mail no later than 6 weeks after the application deadline.



  • A description of motivation
  • A curriculum vitae in table form with a passport photo
  • A presentation of your educational background with an indication of your study and work aims
  • Your religious denomination
  • Two statements from university professors
  • A copy of at least one (graded) certificate in Italian: you need to demonstrate that your knowledge of the Italian language corresponds to having attended at least two semesters in an Italian language course of two hours or a one-semester course of more hours at university, that will allow you to participate actively in the seminar discussions.

When applying, it should be borne in mind that the Melanchthon Centre cannot cover the entire tuition fees, nor the full rent in Rome, nor the travel costs.  It is highly advisable to seek additional funding from another scholarship provider in good time (in Germany, for example, Villigst or the Studienstiftung). The Melanchthon Centre, in cooperation with the Lutheran World Federation, awards two full scholarships for students from Eastern Europe every year. The application deadline for this scholarship is the 1th of January each year. Further information at:


In addition, the Melanchthon Centre has a scholarship for students from Eastern Europe who do not receive any additional funding.