Procedures & Requirements

General Information

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. The deadline for the nation-wide Rome Prize competition is 1 November 2016.  Applications will also be accepted between 2-15 November 2016 for an additional fee.

Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Arts 
  • Ancient Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies

Recipients of a full term Rome Prize Fellowship are invited to Rome for approximately eleven months. Half term fellowships (lasting about 5-months) are offered in Design and Historic Preservation & Conservation. Applicants in Architecture and Landscape Architecture have a choice of either full term fellowships or half term fellowships. Pre-doctoral applicants in the field of art history may apply for a two-year fellowship.

The Rome Prize consists of room and board, a stipend and separate work space, and privileged access to Rome.

Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy's residential community, which also includes Affiliated Fellows, Residents and Visiting Artists and Visiting Scholars.

Owing to the fluctuating dollar/euro exchange rate and the high cost of living in Rome, the stipends offered may not cover all expenses. This is especially true for Rome Prize winners who come to Rome with families. The American Academy in Rome welcomes spouses/companions and children of Rome Prize winners. However, Fellows with families live in subsidized apartments for which they pay rent, and pay for meals of family members. Thus they often incur expenses that exceed the Fellow’s stipend, so those wishing to bring their families are advised to supplement their stipends with additional funds. 

Full term fellowships generally begin at the Academy in early- to mid-September and end in July of the following year. Winners of half term fellowships may choose to begin their fellowship in early- to mid-September or January. 


-Applicants for all Rome Prize fellowships, except those applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral fellowship, must be United States citizens at the time of the application.

-U.S citizens, and those foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for three years immediately proceeding the application deadline, may apply for the NEH post-doctoral fellowships in Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, or Modern Italian Studies.

-Graduate students in the humanities may apply only for pre-doctoral fellowships only if they are ABD.

-Previous winners of the Rome Prize are not eligible to re-apply.

-Undergraduate students are not eligible for Rome Prize fellowships.

Collaborators may submit joint applications provided their work is genuinely collaborative, as demonstrated by the materials submitted. In the case of joint applications, each individual must meet all eligibility requirements. Joint applications must be submitted in one package. Joint applicants selected as winners will share one prize (i.e. room and board, the stipend and work space).
Winners of the Rome Prize may hold other fellowships concurrently, as long as the requirements do not conflict with the Winner’s full participation in the Academy community. Applicants are required to disclose all fellowships and awards they expect to hold during their proposed residency in Rome, including sabbatical pay. The Academy may make adjustments to the stipends based on other awards intended to fund the project for which the Rome Prize was received. 

Rome Prize Winners may not hold a full-time job during the fellowship term.  Winners may undertake part-time work commitments (including scholarly or artistic work that is not related to the Rome Prize project), provided that this work does not interfere with the Winner’s full participation in the Academy community.

Deadlines and Fees

The deadline for applications is 1 November. Applications will also be accepted between 2-15 November for an additional fee (see below for details).

1 November
$40 if submitting one application
$50 if submitting two or more applications

15 November
$70 if submitting one application
$85 if submitting two or more applications

The deadline for Letters of Recommendation* is 30 November

There is no application fee for those applying solely for NEH post-doctoral fellowships.

* Applicants in Literature, Music Composition, and Visual Arts are not required to provide Letters of Recommendation.

The Selection Process

Nine juries, representing a broad cross-section of excellence in the various disciplines are appointed annually to judge the candidate pool. The juries convene from January through March and finalists are expected to come to the Academy office in New York for interviews (see below for interview schedule). The winners are announced by the Academy Board of Trustees in mid April.

The jurors’ primary criterion is excellence. Jurors consider the quality of the applicant’s submission and select candidates who are outstanding in their respective fields, and at a point where the Rome Prize is likely to be crucial to their future growth and development.

All other factors being equal, preference will be given to those applicants who have not had extensive prior experience living, studying, and/or working in Rome.

Click here for lists of Rome Prize Jurors from the past five years.

Rome Prize Finalists' Interviews - Tentative schedule 2017*

Applicants who are selected as finalists will be contacted 3 to 5 weeks prior to the interview date scheduled for their category. It is strongly recommended that finalists come to New York to interview in person. The Academy will cover most of the costs of travel and accommodations. 

Historic Preservation and Conservation
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 
Humanities (Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Modern Italian Studies)
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Musical Composition
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 
Design (Architecture, Design, and Landscape Architecture)
Friday, 3 March 2017
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Visual Arts
Thursday, 9 March 2017
*Subject to change. Please check back periodically.

Project Funding for Rome Prize Winners

In order to facilitate cross-disciplinary work and the dissemination of scholarly and artistic production during a fellow’s residency, project funding is available to Rome Prize Winners. Projects will be considered that involve collaborative work between Academy Fellows, members of other national Academies, and/or cultural and academic institutions in Rome. This work should take place during the Fellowship year and may take the form of publications, symposia, exhibitions, site-specific projects or any project with a public component. A limited number of projects will be funded in amounts of up to $5,000 each.

Project proposals, with timeline and budget, will be accepted at the office of the Director after September 30, 2017.

Return of Materials

The Academy does not keep applications on file.

Written materials will not be returned.

Support materials will be returned only if accompanied by self-addressed stamped envelopes. Applicants are responsible for ensuring proper postage is affixed to a correctly-sized return envelope.