Procedures & Requirements
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 2014. Applications will also be accepted between 2-15 November 2014 for an additional fee.
Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines:
- Historic Preservation and Conservation
- Landscape Architecture
- Literature (awarded only by nomination through the American Academy of Arts and Letters)
- Music Composition
- Visual Arts
- Ancient Studies
- Medieval Studies
- Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
- Modern Italian Studies
Rome Prize recipients are generally invited to Rome for eleven months (some design fellowships are six months and some pre-doctoral art history fellowships are two years).
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.
Eleven-month fellowships generally begin at the Academy in early-September and end at the beginning of August. Winners of six-month fellowships may choose to begin in early-September and end in early-March or begin in early-February and end in early-August.
-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.
-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.
-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).
$30 if submitting one application
$40 if submitting two or more applications
$60 if submitting one application
$75 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 Music Composition and Visual Arts are not required to provide Letters of Recommendation.
The Selection Process
Eight 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. 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.
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.