The application for the merit scholarship can be submitted from April 2020 until Monday, 1 June 2020 exclusively online on the myCivis civic network! Up-to-date information on deadlines is available here.

We advise everyone to check if they have access to myCivis!

The merit scholarship rewards the best students. It is awarded regardless of the financial condition of the student and/or their parents. Therefore, it can also be combined with the ordinary scholarship. This year 265 scholarships will be awarded at 1,160 euros each. The notice of competition and the link for the online application can also be found on the website of the provincial administration.


In order to apply for a merit scholarship in the 2019/20 academic year, the student must have achieved a certain academic grade between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019:

    • In Italy: min. 42 CFU (max. 65 CFU) and a minimum average score of 28/30 OR a final grade of at least 108/110;

    • Abroad: min. 42 ECTS (max. 65 ECTS) and an average of at least 1.3 OR a final grade of at least 1.3.

The exams indicated in the application must also meet certain requirements: they must be part of the study plan (training activities of the student's choice included in the study plan - yes, but not solely optional activities), or they must be necessary for the recognition of the qualification and/or the pursuit of a profession. In addition, only the exams of one study course can be indicated - exams taken for other study courses cannot be considered. Examinations without grades are taken into account up to a maximum of 25 CFU.

Only academic merit achieved in the specified period is taken into account. No examinations made in previous years, which have been recognized in the period indicated above, are considered. Further information is available in Article 2 of the call for applications..

Not all examinations taken have to be reported!

Additional requirements:

    • Maximum age: 35 years for Bachelor’s degrees; 40 years for Master’s degrees and single-cycle courses;

    • Students must not have completed another course of study at the same or a higher level;

    • Applicants must have been enrolled at a university on 1 November 2018;

    • The statutory duration of the course of study must not be exceeded by more than six months;

    • Only one change of study course can be recognized;

    • Double Degrees: the university attended on the specified day (1 November 2018) must be indicated;

    • Residency:

      • Outside the province: those who wish to apply for a scholarship while abroad or in Italy (except South Tyrol) must have at least two years of uninterrupted residence in the province of Bolzano at the end of the application deadline set by the call for applications;

      • In the province: students enrolled at university institutions in South Tyrol who are citizens of a non-EU country and who have a limited residence permit at the end of the application deadline must have been continuously residing in the province of Bolzano for at least two years; citizens of an EU country or of a non-EU country but with an unlimited residence permit or refugees do not have to prove that they have been resident in South Tyrol for a certain period of time;

    • Bank account: prepaid cards are no longer allowed.

Calculation and allocation of scholarships for special merit

Scholarships are awarded according to a scoring system. Points are awarded for both the weighted average of grades and the number of ECTS/CFU listed. A table containing all the scores is attached to the call for applications.

Among all those who meet the requirements, a ranking list is created. The following principle applies: the higher the average and the greater the ECTS/CFU the higher the chances of winning a scholarship. Thanks to the commitment of sh.asus, some categories have been created (the areas of humanities, social and jurisprudence, scientific and technical, health and a general ranking) to promote a fairer distribution of scholarships.

How to calculate the weighted average of votes:

    • Multiply the marks of each exam by the number of credits corresponding to it;

    • Sum up all results;

    • Divide by the total number of credits.

Here is a practical example:

Exam 1: grade of 27 and 8 credits

Exam 2: grade of 21 and 12 credits

Exam 3: grade of 28 and 4 credits

(27x8)+(21x12)+(28x4)/(8+12+4)=average 24.16

Italy: 30L corresponds in the calculation to 30.20.

Access to the online portal

For Italian citizens or for those in possession of an Italian identity document, access to the civic network is possible using one of the following methods: activated health card + reader + PIN or SPID digital identity

All other applicants may apply to the Right to Study Office for and will receive a certified account.

Publication of results and correction period

The provisional results will be published on the provincial administration’s website on 8 June 2020. Then applicants will have one week (from 8 to 15 June) to make corrections, i.e. correct any errors in the application. The final results will be published by July 9, 2020 - still on the website of the province. A summary of deadlines is available in the call for applications.

Further information

Please note that the information available on this site is not a substitute for reading the call for applications!!!

Site of the provincial administration

Call for applications in Italy

Call for applications abroad