Can fellows bring a partner?

For reasons of space the fellowship is restricted to the winner only and partners are generally not accommodated. 

Can the fellow bring their family?

For reasons of space, accommodation is generally not provided for families.

How much is the stipend?

The stipend for the 2020–21 is the equivalent in Euro of $2,200 USD/month. A $600 security deposit is subtracted from this amount, and returned upon completion of the fellowship assuming no damages are incurred and all internal charges paid. 

Does the CV have to be in European format?

No, there is no fixed format for the CV.

What are the selection criteria?

Originality of past work; feasibility and importance of the proposed project;  impact—current or future—on the field in question.

How many finalists are chosen for an interview?

Between 3 and 5 in each field.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners for the 2020–21 competition will be announced at the Rome Prize Ceremony in New York on April 23, 2020.


I’m an Italian citizen living abroad. May I apply for a fellowship?

Yes, Italian citizens residing abroad may apply. For humanities fellowships, a PhD from an Italian university is also required.

I am an Italian citizen, with a BA from an Italian university and have completed my doctorate abroad. May I apply?


I am an Italian citizen, with a BA from a foreign university and have completed my doctorate in Italy. May I apply?


May I apply if I have not completed my doctorate?

Yes, if you will have completed the doctorate prior to September 1, 2020.

My research field is different from those specified for this year. How may I apply?

Fields rotate through the following disciplines in alternating years: medieval studies (2020–21); modern/contemporary Italian studies (2020–21); ancient studies (2021–22); and early modern and Renaissance studies (2021–22). Check back to the website to see when your field is included in the competition. 

Does my writing sample have to be from a publication?

No, it can also be an unpublished dissertation chapter.

Do the application documents need to be in digital or paper form?

All application documents should be submitted digitally.


Can I apply directly to the American Academy?

No, all arts candidates must be nominated.

How can I be nominated?

You must be nominated by one of our nominators. To learn more about our nominators, contact if@aarome.org.

I was short-listed last year and was interviewed but was not selected for a fellowship. Am I automatically admitted in this year’s competition?