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Information and Application

The Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAVS) Program provides artists and scholars of all nationalities the opportunity to experience the intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation that characterizes life at the American Academy in Rome. Through the program, VAVS can rent living and working space at the Academy -- joining our vibrant community of Rome Prize winners, Italian Fellows, Residents (notable artists and scholars invited by the Director), and our global Affiliated Fellows. Artists and scholars in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:


FINE ARTS: Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Musical Composition, Visual Arts.

HUMANITIES: Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Modern Italian Studies.  Applications for the Visiting Artists and Scholars

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. You 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. VAVS 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 Rome Sustainable Food Program.  

APPLICATION SCHEDULE
Applications are accepted year round (online only), and are reviewed in Rome by a committee, led by the Academy Director. Application deadlines for specific stay periods are as follows:

  • May 31: mid-September through late December
  • September 30: January through April
  • January 31: May through July

The Academy is closed from early August to mid-September, during which time VAVS is suspended.

Please review and download the VAVS Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions for all information noted above and more, including Entry Visa requirements and services which are and are not provided by the Academy.

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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.  


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, wardrobe and a sink. A shared bathroom is directly across the hall. Cost: €385 per week                

APARTMENTS: One-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments are available. Apartments have fully equipped kitchens and come furnished with all essential furniture and items. The rate 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 (those rates are available upon request).

STUDIO/SUITES: These include a sleeping loft integrated within a studio space. The loft is a separate unit, with two small operable skylights, which is enclosed by a wall and 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.                                               

STUDIOS: Located in the McKim, Mead & White building, studios are approximately 400 square feet, with 20-foot ceilings. Most face north and are filled with beautiful natural light. Studios are equipped with essentials: work/drafting tables and chairs, 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 and have limited natural light. All studios are intended for work purposes only -- they are not suitable for residential use. Cost €265 per week                                                    

Please review and download the VAVS Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions for all information noted above and more, including Entry Visa requirements and services which are and are not provided by the Academy.

Please note, the Academy is closed from early August to mid- September, during which time the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program is suspended.

FAQ

Please review and download the VAVS Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions for all information noted above and more, including Entry Visa requirements and services which are and are not provided by the Academy.