The 2017 Rome Prize Application deadline has passed. The online application system is closed and applications are no longer being accepted.
We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 Rome Prize in August 2018. Please check back then. The deadline for applications will be November 1, 2017, with an extended deadline of November 15, 2017 (additional fee applies for the extended deadline).
Please be sure to thoroughly read the 2017 Arts Guidelines (see below) before starting your application.
*Included in Design: Graphic, Industrial, Interior, Set and Costume, and Fashion Design, Urban Design, City Planning, Engineering, and other design related fields.
**Included in Landscape Architecture: Environmental Design and Planning, Landscape/Ecological Urbanism, Landscape History, Sustainability and Ecological Studies, and Geography.
Full-term and half-term Rome Prize Fellowships are available in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Applicants in Design only have the option of a half-term fellowship. Applicants for Full term fellowships must hold an accredited degree in the discipline. Applicants for half term fellowships must hold an accredited degree in the discipline, and must have at least seven years of professional experience, and must be practicing in the discipline. Applicants should submit materials that best display their qualifications and experience in their discipline. Jurors review a wide range of materials in this category and should be able to clearly understand not only the candidate’s background but the candidate's philosophical approach to his or her work and the professional trajectory he or she is pursuing.
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Half-term Rome Prize Fellowships are available in Historic Preservation and Conservation. Candidates are expected to be seasoned professionals, actively engaged in their fields, with enough experience and maturity to give them direction once they arrive in Rome.
These awards are intended for a broad range of individuals who work on the conservation and historic preservation of works of art, manuscripts, or cultural properties (including architectural preservation, engineering, planning and design, historic districts, or historic landscapes), and those who work in the area of public policy and the management of cities. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials that best express the quality of what they do and how they think.
Jurors review a wide range of materials in this category and should be able to clearly understand not only the candidate's background but the candidate's philosophical approach to his or her work, as well as the professional trajectory he or she is pursuing.
Included in Literature: fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry.
Applicants for full term Rome Prize fellowships in Literature must demonstrate professional commitment and be currently engaged in work in the discipline.
Applicants for full term Rome Prize fellowships in music composition must demonstrate professional commitment and be currently engaged in work in the discipline.
Included in Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Film/Video, Installation, New Media, Digital Arts, and other Visual Arts related fields.
Applicants for full term Rome Prize fellowships in visual arts must demonstrate at least three years of professional commitment and currently be engaged in work in the discipline.
Please be sure to thoroughly read the 2017 Humanities Guidelines (see below) before starting your application.
The Academy accepts pre- and post-doctoral applications for the Rome Prize in the following fields:
(through the sixth century)
(sixth through fourteenth centuries)
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
(fourteenth through eighteenth centuries)
Modern Italian Studies
(eighteenth century to contemporary)
The Academy invites proposals in archaeology, classics, history, the history of art and architecture, literature, and musicology. Note that these categories are not intended to be exclusive. Any approach or combination of approaches to these disciplines will be given consideration. We welcome interdisciplinary work on historic and contemporary issues across the humanities including one or more of the chronological periods listed above.
The Academy offers full-term and two year pre-doctoral fellowships. Full term awards are available in any of the fields listed above. Two year awards are limited to projects in the history of art and architecture of the ancient through early modern periods.
Pre-doctoral fellowships are meant to provide scholars with the necessary time to research and complete their doctoral dissertations. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have fulfilled all pre-dissertation requirements, and preferably completed a draft of the first chapter of their dissertation, by the application deadline.
Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships in Art History are encouraged to consider whether their projects are at a stage and of such a nature that they would benefit more from a full-term or a two-year fellowship. Selecting one or the other option will have no bearing on the jury’s evaluation of the merits of the proposal. Applicants may choose to check both options.
The Academy offers full-term, and from time-to-time half-term, post-doctoral fellowships in the fields listed above. All applicants for post-doctoral fellowships must hold a Ph.D. at the time of application.
Two types of post-doctoral fellowships are available:
- Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Applicants for the Academy post-doctoral fellowships must be U.S. Citizens, are often scholars at an early stage in their Academic careers, and may be assistant professors, associate professors, or independent scholars.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Post-Doctoral Fellowships: applicants for the NEH post-doctoral fellowships must be U.S. Citizens, or foreign nationals who have lived in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline, and may hold any academic rank or be independent scholars.