Italian Fellowships

Claudia Durastanti, Italian Fellow in Literature
Installation at the Academy by Giovanna Latis, Italian Fellow in Design
Work by Flavio Favelli, Italian Fellow in Visual Arts
Work by Francesca Grill, Italian Fellow in Visual Arts
Valerio Sannicandro, Italian Fellow in Musical Competition
Sandro La Barbera, Italian Fellow in the Humanities
Daniele Giorgi, Italian Fellow in the Humanities
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Italian Fellowships

The American Academy in Rome (AAR) offers up to six fellowships for Italian artists and scholars in 2017-18. The Italian Fellows are an integral part of the AAR community. Italian artists and scholars live and work in the Academy community, pursuing their own projects participating in its collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and helping make connections between Rome Prize Fellows and their Italian peers. For a list of former Italian fellows, click here.  

Italian fellows are required to live in Rome, at the Academy. All fellowships include room, board and a stipend. Length of stay varies by the fellowship (see below).

Italian Fellowship winners will be announced both in Italy and in New York as part of the American Academy Rome Prize ceremony.

Humanities: Application instructions appear below.

Arts: All candidates must be nominated;  unsolicited applications will NOT be accepted.

Arts and Humanities Deadline: February 8, 2017


The Academy invites proposals in archaeology, classics, history, the history of art and architecture, literature, religious studies, anthropology and musicology. Note that these categories are not intended to be exclusive. Any approach to these disciplines or combination of approaches to these areas will be given consideration, as well as historical approaches that overlap with the social sciences. Projects that consider multiple chronological periods listed below are welcome.

Up to two postdoctoral fellowships in the Humanities will be awarded for the period of September 2017 – July 2018. Each fellowship will run for c. 5 months. For the 2017-2018 Fellowships, only scholars from the following disciplines will be considered:

  • Ancient Studies (Bronze Age through Late Antiquity)
  • Early Modern and Renaissance Studies

Projects do NOT need to address topics specific to Rome or to Italy. Candidates should, however, address how they plan to make use of resources in Rome and at the Academy.


  1. Candidates must have Italian citizenship (dual citizenship is acceptable).

  2. Candidates must possess a PhD from an Italian university from 2012 or later.

  3. Candidates must have excellent spoken and written English which will be verified by interview. 

Application: A completed application will consist of the following, submitted via the online system below:

  1. A project proposal of NO MORE THAN 1000 words, in English. The proposal should describe the scope of the project, its relevance and importance for the field, work completed to-date and the final expected outcome - monograph, article, etc. Please include bibliographical notes for any sources cited (not counted toward the word limit).

  2. A Writing Sample. The writing sample may be up to twenty pages and should be in the proposed field of study. Please include bibliography and footnotes (not counted toward the page limit). Writing samples may be in English or Italian.

  3. A current CV (English or Italian).

Applications will be acknowledged and reviewed by a selection committee. ONLY short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in an interview, ideally to take place in Rome or via Skype. 

Deadline: February 8, 2017

Apply Here 


Up to four Italian Fellowships in the Arts will be awarded for the period of September 2017 to July 2018. Artists in the following fields are eligible: Architecture/Design (including architecture, landscape architecture, jewelry and fashion, furniture, set and lighting design, graphic design, urban planning, and other related design fields), Historic Preservation and Conservation (including architectural design, public policy and the conservation of works of art), Literature, Musical Composition, and the Visual Arts.

Each fellowship will run for 3.5 months.

All candidates MUST be nominated;  unsolicited applications will NOT be accepted.

Nominees’ applications will be acknowledged and reviewed by a selection committee. ONLY short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in an interview, ideally to take place in Rome or via Skype.