Visiting Artists and Scholars
- 30 Rome Prize Fellows, carefully selected by a jury of distinguished peers
- Residents, notable artists and scholars invited by the Director
- Affiliated Fellows, from member organizations around the world, and
- Participants of Academy’s summer programs
Our Visiting Artists and Scholars Program provides artists and scholars of any nationality the opportunity to participate in the intellectual study and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation that characterizes the American Academy in Rome. Through the program, artists and scholars can rent living and working space at the Academy -- joining our vibrant community of:
Artists and scholars in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Modern Italian Studies
Applications are accepted year round and are reviewed in Rome by a committee, led by the Academy Director. Reviews are scheduled three times each year in June, October, and February. Visiting Artists and Scholars may stay for a period of no less than 2 weeks, and for a maximum of 3-months.
Application deadlines for specific stay periods are as follows:
May 31: mid- September through December
September 30: January through April
January 31: May through July
Please note, the Academy is closed from early August to mid- September, during which time the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program is suspended.
Accommodation & Rates
Visiting Artists and Scholars are accommodated in various buildings on the Academy’s 11-acre property, located on top of the Janiculum Hill. The administrative offices, the Library, the gallery, the public rooms and most of the living and working spaces are contained in the main McKim, Mead & White Building. Remaining apartments are located in buildings immediately adjacent to our main building on the campus, including Villa Chiaraviglio (across the street from the main building), 5B (next to the main building) and occasionally, at Villa Aurelia. As the McKim, Mead and White Building serves as the intellectual and administrative hub of the Academy community, families with children are accommodated in adjacent buildings.
As members of the community, Visiting Artists and Scholars are granted access to the Academy’s noted resources, including the Library, the Photographic Archive, and the Norton Van Buren Study Collection. Visiting Artists and Scholars are invited to participate in our regular Walks and Talks program, subject to space availability, and are also invited to attend the Academy’s public events. Visiting Artists and Scholars are welcome to take their lunch and dinners meals in the Academy dining room, at an additional cost. These meals are prepared and served family style by the Academy’s famed kitchen, also known as the Rome Sustainable Food Program.
SINGLE ROOMS WITH BATH
Furnished with a single bed, bedside table, armchair, desk, chair, lamps and a wardrobe.
Cost: €575 per week
DOUBLE ROOMS WITH BATH
Furnished with a queen-sized bed, bedside tables, armchair, desk, chair, lamps and a wardrobe.
Cost: €670 per week
STUDY/BEDROOMS WITHOUT BATH
Furnished with a sofa bed, armchair, desk, chair, lamps and a wardrobe. There is a sink in the room and the bathroom is directly across the hall.
Cost: €385 per week
One-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments are available within the compound. The apartments have fully equipped kitchens and come furnished with all essential furniture and items. The cost varies, depending on size and location. One-bedroom apartments range from 700 to 830 euros per week. Two and three-bedroom apartments range from 800 to 950 euros per week. On occasion, apartments located on the grounds of the Villa Aurelia are also available for rent (rates are available upon request).
These units are composed of a sleeping loft integrated within the studio space. The loft is a separate unit, with two small skylights that can be opened, which is enclosed by a wall and by windows that look out onto the studio. The sleeping loft contains a queen-sized bed, bedside tables, armchair, desk, chair and lamps. There is a walk-in closet and a private bath. See description of the studios below.
Cost: 780 euros per week.
Located in the McKim, Mead & White building, these units are approximately 400 square feet with 20 foot-high ceilings. Most face north and are filled with beautiful natural light. Studios come equipped with essentials: work tables and chairs, drafting tables, easels, desk, sofa beds and a sink. No power tools are available. The walls are outfitted with fiber wall boards for pinning-up work. Occasionally, smaller studios, although limited in number, are available outside the main building. These also have limited natural light. All studios are intended for work purposes only -- they are not suitable for residential use.
Cost €265 per week
The following services are included in the weekly cost for all units:
Linens (changed weekly)
Access to internal network
Common lounge with Television
Services available at an additional cost:
Meals (lunch and dinner only)
Printing & copy services
Express courier services
Transfers to & from the airport (via car)
Not provided by the Academy:
Pets are not allowed at the Academy.
Visiting Artists & Scholars who are not EU citizens (including US citizens) and plan to be in Italy for more than 90 days are required to apply for an Entry Visa. Entry Visas are not required for those staying 90 days or less. Citizens of some countries are required to obtain an Entry Visa regardless of the length of stay, so it is best to check with your local consulate for confirmation.
Rates are calculated on a weekly basis and a two-week minimum stay is required. Check-in for the week is late morning on Mondays, and check out is on Mondays (no later than 9AM). Visiting Artists and Scholars may arrive and depart on days other than Mondays but will be charged the weekly rate from Monday to Monday.
Meals are charged separately.
Please note: Due to fluctuating costs and exchange rates, the Academy may be required to change rental prices without notice. You will be notified prior to signing the contract.
Can the two-week minimum stay requirement be waived?
No, as the Academy is not properly equipped for hotel-like turnovers.
Can applications be submitted beyond the application deadlines?
Applications are accepted year round. However, as most of the spaces are assigned in June, October and February, chances of being accepted into the program diminish when the applications arrive after the deadline for those periods.
Is American citizenship a requirement for the Visiting Artists and Scholars program?
No, artists and scholars of any nationality may apply.
Is Financial Assistance provided for the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program?
No -- visiting artists and scholars are responsible for all costs related to their travel and stay at the Academy.
Are meals included in the cost of the accommodation?
No, they are not.
What happens when one is accepted into the program?
You will receive an email of notification with instructions on how to secure your stay with payment of a security deposit.
Can I check in before 2pm?
Yes, if the assigned unit is prepared. However, we can guarantee a 2pm check-in.
Can I check out after 9am?
Unfortunately no, as the space needs to be prepared for the next occupant.
Are Academy spaces air-conditioned?
No, they are not.
Does the Academy provide space/support for me to present my work while a Visiting Artist or Scholar?
While Visiting Artists and Scholars are most welcome to organize an informal presentation of their work or open studio, the Academy has a full events schedule and cannot provide logistical support for Visitor presentations.