Charles D'Aprano Memorial Scholarship

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Charles D’Aprano began his career as lecturer in 1971 in the newly formed Italian Department of Swinburne College of Technology. He contributed to the foundation of Victorian Association of Teachers of Italian (VATI) and actively supported the teaching of Italian in Victorian secondary schools. His greatest area of interest was in teaching Italian history, politics, the history of Italian migration to Australia and Italo-Australian literature. In memory of the late Charles D’Aprano, his family and friends have given Swinburne University their generous support and patronage in the form of a Scholarship.

The Charles D’Aprano Memorial Scholarship is administered in conjunction with the Italian Studies department of the Faculty of Health, Arts & Design and is designed to recognise and encourage academic achievement and leadership qualities. Its purpose is to assist a visionary student of Italian Studies to pursue their interest in a related area in Italy.

The aim of the scholarship is to provide opportunities for Swinburne students of Italian Studies to pursue their studies and/or research activities of their choice in Italy. The scholarship is designed to promote enthusiasm and creativity and encourage individuals to extend their interests in Italy and the Italian culture.

Courses eligible

An undergraduate or postgraduate course with a minor in Italian at Swinburne University.

Eligibility / selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or New Zealand Citizen
  • enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or postgraduate course studying or having studied Italian as a minor as part of your course at Swinburne University,
  • have achieved at least a credit average
  • not be in receipt of another equivalent scholarship or award,
  • provide a personal statement of no more than 800 words addressing the following:
    • provide a defined program or a research plan on a relevant topic of Italian culture to be undertaken in Italy;
    • demonstrate a deep and realistic commitment to the Italian Studies at Swinburne University
    • demonstrate an altruistic passion to make a substantial contribution to the benefit of others on your return from your study in Italy.
  • be accepted into an International exchange program or equivalent (desired)


This award is valued at $2,000 (paid in two instalments)

How to apply

Applications will re-open in August 2020


All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


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