Italian Fellowships

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Detail of an eighteenth-century fresco by Aureliano Milani in the Mirror Gallery of the seventeenth-century Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome (photograph © Konstantinos Papaioannou and licensed through Dreamstime)

Winners of 2024–25 Italian Fellowships were announced on April 25 at the Janet & Arthur Ross Rome Prize Ceremony and Concert. The Academy will reopen the application portal for 2025–26 Italian Fellowships in fall 2024. Please check back for updated information and guidelines.


The Italian Fellows are an integral part of the AAR community. Italian artists and scholars live and work in the Academy community, pursuing their own projects, participating in its collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and helping make connections between Rome Prize Fellows and their Italian peers.

Italian Fellows are required to live at the American Academy in Rome. All fellowships include a single room, board, and a stipend. Length of stay varies by the fellowship (see below).

Winners of Italian Fellowships are announced at the annual Rome Prize Ceremony, held every April in New York.


The American Academy invites applications from scholars working in the humanities. Any scholarly approach or combination of approaches will be given consideration, as will historical approaches that overlap with the social sciences. Candidates should address how they plan to make use of resources, such as libraries, archives, and museums, in Rome and at the Academy.


Candidates must have:

  • Italian citizenship (dual citizenship is also acceptable)
  • Completed their doctorate between 2018 and September 2025
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English, which will be confirmed during the interview stage of the selection process


The application must be submitted online attaching the following materials:

  • A project proposal of no more than one thousand words, in English. The proposal must describe the purpose of the project, its relevance to the field, work already completed, and the type of publication envisioned for the end product (article, monograph, etc.). Please include bibliographic notes for the sources cited (notes will not count toward the maximum text length)
  • An example of scholarly writing. The text must relate to the proposed field of study and must not exceed twenty pages. Bibliography and notes (both required) will not be counted toward the maximum length of the text. The text can be in Italian or English
  • An updated curriculum vitae in Italian or English

The Academy will notify candidates that their application has been received.


All candidates must be nominated; unsolicited applications will NOT be accepted. All candidates will receive the guidelines on how to upload their material by December 2024. The hard deadline to submit material via an online system will be in February 2025.