Ermenegildo Zegna- EZ Founder’s Scholarship

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Posted 3 years ago

The Ermenegildo Zegna EZ Founder’s Scholarship provides scholarships of up to €50,000 per annum to enable a small number of exceptionally promising Italians to undertake postgraduate studies or research outside Italy.

Priority will be given to men and women who have the potential to become leaders in their field and a genuine interest in returning to Italy and making a positive contribution to Italy following completion of their sojourn abroad.

The program honors the founder of the Zegna Group, Ermenegildo Zegna, for his initiatives, accomplishments, and values. The Zegna Group has committed to provide up to €1 million in annual financing to the program.

Nationality Eligible: Italian citizens or permanent residents

Level of Study: Undergraduate

Scholarship Offer: €50,000 per annum


The EZ Founder’s Scholarship is open to Italian citizens or permanent residents who have completed (or are about to complete) a program of university studies. Candidates must have been preselected by their university for consideration by the Selection Committee.

Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated financial need who would not otherwise be able to study or conduct research outside Italy. While there is no age limit, it is anticipated that successful candidates will generally be recent university graduates or persons in the early stages of their careers. The program is intended to benefit candidates with a sincere desire to return to Italy after their sojourn abroad. For this reason, awardees will be requested to commit to return to Italy within a reasonable period following completion of their studies or research abroad (five years) and to remain in Italy for at least three years for every year spent abroad pursuant to this program. Awardees not returning to Italy will be asked to repay the amounts previously received by them.



Prior to submitting an application for the EZ Founder’s Scholarship, each interested applicant must:

– have been accepted to a program of post-graduate study or research outside of Italy

– have obtained the endorsement of his or her university.



An application form must be completed by all candidates. In addition to standard biographical information and a description of the program that the candidate wishes to pursue

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