#SwedishStories – Mara Brumana

Hej! My name is Mara and I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management, Information and Production Engineering, and the Center for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE) at the University of Bergamo in Italy.

I am glad to visit CeFEO and Jönköping International Business School. I will also be back next spring for a month!

My research interests revolve around understanding how and why the embeddedness of firms, and family firms, in a social and institutional context shapes their decision-making process and behavior. During these two visits in Sweden I will work on a research project which aims to understand why and how family SMEs achieve high growth.

The research visit is financed by the C.M. Lerici Foundation with the purpose of supporting the research collaboration between Italy and Sweden. I am very grateful for this valuable opportunity!

Which documents are required by the Lerici Foundation’s Call for Scholarships?

Which documents are required by the Lerici Foundation’s Call for Scholarships?

In order to apply to the Lerici Foundation’s call, you must collect and send the following documents:

📌 THE APPLICATION FORM, which you can download from the Foundation’s website

📌AN INVITATION LETTER FROM YOUR HOST INSTITUTION: the project’s description and dates indicated in your application form must be confirmed by a referent of the host institution in the navigation letter

📌 A PRESENTATION LETTER FROM AN INSTITUTION IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY: it could be a university or any other institution you collaborate with


The application must also include a detailed list of the costs that you need to cover for your project, such as travel costs, board and lodging costs, etc. You must also provide details on how these costs have been calculated.

If you are wondering how to calculate these costs… stay tuned! We will give you more information about it in the next post.

Find all the information about the call here on the Foundation’s website.

If you have any questions, send an email to stipendier@cmlerici.se

#SwedishStories – Federica Vacatello


My name is Federica Vacatello from Sapienza University in Rome, where I earned a PhD in Post classical Archaeology and where I am a research fellow now. 

Thanks to the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s scholarship, I will spend three months at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History of Lund University to build a 3D GIS – Geographical Information System of the archaeological context of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Israel. 

My integration within the team researcher will empower my skills and the possibility to know a new methodological approach comparing myself with an international research community

I am very grateful to C.M. Lerici Foundation for this opportunity!

The Call for Applications 2023 is OPEN!

The C.M. Lerici Foundation’s Call for Applications 2023 is now officially OPEN!

Every year the Foundation supports cultural and scientific exchange between Sweden and Italy through: 

🔍 Scholarships for Italian and Swedish citizens who want to carry out study and research projects in Italy or Sweden in a wide range of subjects
📚 Grants for Italian and Swedish publishing houses

You can send your application from today – December 1st, 2022 – until January 31st, 2023. 

👉 Discover more about the call here on the Foundation’s website!

#SwedishStories – Giulia Gazzaniga

Hej till alla! My name is Giulia Gazzaniga, and I am a senior resident in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Pavia in Italy

During my residency program, I have cultivated a keen interest in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and other extracorporeal life support techniques

ECMO is a form of temporary life support for patients with severe but potentially reversible lung and/or heart failure, unresponsive to optimal conventional care. The ECMO machine provides blood oxygenation and/or circulatory support with an artificial circuit and membrane, thereby taking over the circulatory and respiratory functions. Thus, ECMO secures support while the healthcare team works on treating the underlying disease or until organs for transplant become available. ECMO does not save everyone, but it has improved survival for many critically ill patients who are not responding to usual life support options.

This fall, as part of my training program, I will have the privilege of spending two months at the ECMO Center Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, where I will be able to focus on the different uses of ECMO and the several technology systems at our disposal in terms of monitoring and supporting vital functions, with particular attention to their application in the pediatric population.  

Thanks to the wonderful support of C.M. Lerici Foundation, I will grow my knowledge on these extremely fascinating topics and further my professional and personal skills.

Which kind of projects are supported by the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s scholarships?

Which kind of projects are supported by the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s scholarships?

The Lerici Foundation supports different study and research projects in Italy and Sweden in a wide range of subjects. 

You CAN apply for any kind of project outside your current regular study course, such as research visits, Summer courses, workshops, and others. 

It is NOT POSSIBLE to apply for a scholarship for a regular bachelor’s or master’s degree or for a PhD, but you can apply if you need to find material for your final thesis at any level. 

If you are planning a period in Sweden or Italy, but you’re not sure about the project you have in mind, write us and we will find out together if the call fits for you! 

#ItalianStories – Martin Romatowski


My name is Martin Romatowski. I’m a Swedish art historian with a great interest in the religious art and architecture of the Late Medieval Period and Early Renaissance, in particular on the Italian peninsula.

I graduated from Stockholm University in June – my MA thesis was on the visual culture of the early-sixteenth-century pilgrimage site of San Vivaldo in Tuscany, one of the first Sacri Monti, and its connections to Franciscan meditation texts.

Thanks to the generosity of the C.M. Lerici Foundation, I’m currently able to spend a part of this fall in Italy, studying the Italian language and developing ideas connected to a future PhD project. I’m doing my research at the Swedish Institute in Rome, a stimulating and vibrant hub for Swedish scholars in the Eternal City.

Hopefully, the outcome will allow me to return to this wonderful country soon!

Where to study in Italy | Milan

Where to study in Italy? 🇮🇹

Milan is an international center of higher learning

Its world-ranking universities offer courses and programs in a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Many of them are also taught entirely or partially in English, which is a big plus if you are coming from abroad. 

The city hosts about 15 university-based institutions covering a wide range of subjects. Milan is the perfect city where to study economics and related disciplines, thanks to universities such as Università Bocconi, but here you can also study natural sciences, social sciences, art, fashion, design, architecture, engineering. 

👉 Searching for some inspiration?

Here’s a list of universities and academies in Milan

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca 
Istituto Marangoni 
NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti 
IED Milano 

‼️ If you are thinking of spending a visiting period in Italy, remember that from December 1st the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s call for scholarships will be open again

👉 How does it work? Who can apply? 

Discover more here on the Foundation’s website http://www.cmlerici.se

C.M. Lerici Foundation’s Books: ”Välsignad vare fadern” by Rosa Ventrella

”Välsignad vare fadern” is the latest novel by the Italian author Rosa Ventrella. It’s a story about how to deal with the roots of violence, told with anger and empathy at the same time.

Rosa grows up in San Nicola, the oldest and most dangerous area of Bari, a city in southern Italy. In San Nicola, amongst narrow alleys that lead down to the sea, violence reaches you the moment you are born. Rosa and her brothers grow up with a violent father, whose nickname is Angel Face – a name that comes from his irresistible appearance, even if there is nothing angelic about him. Despite the lies and betrayal of Rosa’s father’s, her mother can’t stop loving him.

Rosa understands that she must save herself. When she meets Marco, she decides to change her name and fleed to Rome with him. Years later Rosa receives a phone call and she is forced to return to her hometown, searching for her roots and trying to leave her dark legacy behind in order to finally free herself from violence.

”Välsignad vare fadern” is the latest novel by Rosa Ventrella published by Bokförlaget Polaris thanks to the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s literature grant. The book is also Ventrella’s third novel in Swedish.

📚 Do you know the other books published thanks to the Foundation’s grant?

Find them here on the foundation’s website and discover the Call for Literature Grants which opens in December.

Literature grants for Italian and Swedish publishing houses

Hey Italian and Swedish publishing houses! This post is for you.

The C.M. Lerici Foundation supports the cultural exchange in literature through grants for Italian and Swedish publishing houses

  • Who can apply?

Only Swedish or Italian publishing houses can apply to the Lerici Foundation’s Call.

  • What are the literature grants awarded for?

The literature grants are awarded for the publication of books in Italian related to Sweden or Swedish culture and vice versa (books in Swedish related to Italy or Italian culture).

  • Which are the costs that the grant can cover?

The Foundation grant can cover the costs related to translation and printing, but cannot cover research trips and marketing. 

  • Which is the maximum amount that can be requested?

You can apply for amounts between 5.000 and 50.000 SEK (Swedish kronor).

  • Are you interested into applying?

Save the date! The call will be open from December 1st, 2022 to January 31st, 2023.

Discover more here on the Foundation’s website and find all the information you need to know to apply.