Projects and grants of the Agnelli Foundation to support university or post-graduate career of deserving Italian students

Fondazione Agnelli has carried out projects and offered disbursements to support the education of deserving students for over 15 years; as part of its efforts, it promotes calls for post-graduate scholarships in memory of Engineer Vittorino Pollo – a life of work in Fiat – and Doctor Zita Pollo. The grants are financed through a legacy that the Pollo family entrusted to the Foundation specifically to support young graduates who are sons or daughters of Fiat employees and wish to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD, with the far-sighted intuition of focusing on candidates who are motivated to advance knowledge in the scientific and technological fields where Italy still lags today.

In recent years, we have awarded 62 candidates, of which 33 women: all high-profile graduates with top marks, many of them engaged in research activities in the most prestigious Italian and international universities.

One of our first fellows, for example, was Chiara Marletto.

Born in Turin, Marletto graduated with full marks in Physical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin, and was admitted to the Doctorate in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford. In 2011, she won one of our scholarships, which helped her to continue her studies in one of the most iconic institutions in the world of research.

In 2017, on the occasion of Fondazione Agnelli’s 50th anniversary, she shared with us her vision of the future of physics in a video.


A scuola in Europa

The Agnelli Foundation with Fondazione Intercultura, Fondazione Cav. Lav. Pesenti, UniCredit Foundation has been supporting scholarships to spend a school term abroad with an Intercultura program since 2022.

The project is an important educational opportunity for the future of these boys and girls to prepare for life in an increasingly globalized world and to learn to deal with cultures different from their own. The experience abroad includes accommodation in selected families, attendance at a local school and is followed step by step by the presence of a group of volunteers. Participating male and female students will receive certification from Intercultura of skills acquired in each phase of the program.