A scholarship backed by Nicola Benedetti and a grant for a research centre into Italian immigration in Scotland are being awarded.
The Scottish-Italian classical music star is a patron of the University of Edinburgh scheme.
It provides scholarships for postgraduate Italian studies and the first recipient is studying the work of writer Carlo Emilio Gadda.
A grant from the Carnegie Trust will help create the new research centre.
The first beneficiary of the Nicola Benedetti Scholarship Fund will collect her award at a ceremony in the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on Saturday.
At the same ceremony, the results of the Gadda Prize essay competition – open to Scottish secondary pupils who are studying Italian – will be announced.
The writers of the three best essays will be invited to attend a two-day Gadda conference next summer at Montecassino, south of Rome, where Ms Benedetti will play.
A further highlight will be the award of a £40,000 grant from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to help set up a research centre – the first of its kind – for the study of Italian migration to Scotland.
The centre, which will be based at the University of Edinburgh, will explore Italian migration to Scotland.
It will be done through a variety of projects, including a documentary about the last surviving Scottish-Italians to have lived through World War II.
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