Guidelines & Application

Apply - Rome Prize - Guidelines & Application - 2021 Competition

Overview

Before beginning your application, be sure to thoroughly read the application guidelines for your discipline (see below), including the printable PDF documents that outline the full application requirements for each discipline.

See the main Rome Prize page for more information about eligibility, deadlines and applications fees, and the interview and selection process. You may also read answers to frequently asked questions.

Arts

Architecture, Design, and Landscape Architecture

Included in design are: graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, 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 be commercially published, demonstrate professional commitment and be currently engaged in work in the discipline.

Musical Composition

Applicants for full term Rome Prize fellowships in music composition must demonstrate professional commitment and be currently engaged in work in the discipline.

Visual Art

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

Ancient Studies

Through the sixth century.

Medieval Studies

The sixth through fourteenth centuries.

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

The fourteenth through eighteenth centuries.

Modern Italian Studies

The eighteenth century to the present.

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.

Predoctoral Fellowships

The Academy offers full-term predoctoral fellowships (of approximately eleven 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Academy offers full-term (approximately eleven months) and 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

Postdoctoral scholars 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.