Application

Online Application

We are currently accepting application for the 2020 Rome Prize. Please be sure to read the application guidelines (see Arts Guidlines and Humanities Guidelines below) before beginning your application.

To launch the application system, click below on the category name:

Architecture
Ancient Studies
Design
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Landscape Architecture
Literature
Medieval Studies
Modern Italian Studies
Musical Composition
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Visual Arts

The final deadline for applications is Friday, November 15 at 11:59 PM EST.

Arts Guidelines

Please be sure to thoroughly read the 2020 Arts Guidelines (see printable PDF below) before starting your application.


Architecture/Design*/Landscape Architecture**

Included in design are: graphic, industrial, interior, set and costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design-related fields.

Included in landscape architecture are: environmental design and planning, landscape and 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. All applicants must hold an accredited degree in the discipline and 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

Full-term and half-term Rome Prize fellowships are available to professionals in historic preservation and conservation who are actively engaged in their fields.

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 architecture, engineering, planning and design, urban design, or landscape architecture), and those who work in the area of cultural policy. 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.

Literature

Included in literature are: 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.

Music Composition

Applicants for full term Rome Prize fellowships in Music Composition must demonstrate professional commitment and be currently engaged in the discipline.

Visual Arts

Included in visual arts are: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film and 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 be currently engaged in work in the discipline. Applicants working in art and technology are also encouraged to apply.

Humanities Guidelines

Please be sure to thoroughly read the 2020 Humanities Guidelines (see printable PDF below) before starting your application. 


The Academy accepts pre- and post-doctoral applications for the Rome Prize in the following fields:

Ancient Studies: (through the sixth century)

Medieval Studies: (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, economic and political policy, literature, musicology, theory, and other relevant fields. Please 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. Cross-cultural projects that share Rome and its influences are also welcome.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships

The Academy offers full-term predoctoral fellowships (of approximately ten months). Predoctoral fellowships are meant to provide scholars with the necessary time to research and complete their doctoral dissertations. Applicants for predoctoral fellowships must have fulfilled all predissertation requirements, and preferably completed a draft of the first chapter of their dissertation, by the application deadline.

Post-doctoral Fellowships

The Academy offers full-term (approximately ten months), and from time-to-time half-term (approximately five months) , postdoctoral fellowships in the fields listed above. All applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must hold a PhD at the time of application.

Two types of postdoctoral fellowships are available:

  • Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Applicants for these fellowships must be US 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 these fellowships must be US citizens, or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline, and may hold any academic rank or be independent scholars

Please Note: Post-doctoral applicants who are conducting research on American art and visual culture prior to 1980, may also wish to consider applying for the Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellowship in Rome. Eligible applicants may apply for both the Rome Prize and the Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellowship .