Italian Fellowships

Color photograph of Rosa Sessa sitting criss-cross on a colorful tiled floor in front of a colorful wall mural
Rosa Sessa is the 2022 Italian Fellow in Modern Italian Studies (photograph by Giovanni Musollini)

Please check this page later in the fall for more information about the next application cycle.


The American Academy in Rome offers three fellowships (two in the arts and one in the humanities) for Italian artists and scholars in 2021–22. 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.

The Academy is particularly proud to host fellowships sponsored by Enel (architecture/landscape architecture) and Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT (visual artists from Piemonte or whose proposed project considers some aspects of the region).

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.

The winners of Italian Fellowships will be announced in both Italy and New York as part of the American Academy Rome Prize ceremony.


A maximum of two scholarships in the arts will be awarded between September 2021 and July 2022.

Art disciplines: architecture and landscape architecture (open to architects, urban designers, and landscape architects with an emphasis on those committed to environmental sustainability and innovation) and visual arts.

All candidates in architecture and landscape architecture must be nominated; unsolicited applications will not be accepted. All candidates will receive the guidelines on how to upload their material by December 20, 2020. The hard deadline to submit the material via an online system is February 10, 2021.


The Academy invites applications from scholars working in archaeology, classics, history, the history of art and architecture, literature, religious studies, anthropology, and musicology. Note that these categories are not intended to be exclusive. Any approach to these disciplines or combination of approaches to these areas will be given consideration, as will historical approaches that overlap with the social sciences. Projects that consider multiple chronological periods listed below are welcome: ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and early modern studies, and modern Italian studies. Candidates should address how they plan to make use of resources in Rome and at the Academy.

The applicant must fulfill at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be from Piemonte
  • Be currently living and working in Piemonte
  • Submit a project that considers some aspect of Piemonte

One postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities will be awarded for the period of September 2021–July 2022. It will run approximately four months. The application deadline is February 10, 2021.


Candidates must have:

  • Italian citizenship (dual citizenship is also acceptable)
  • Completed their doctorate after 2015 (they should be within five years of obtaining the doctorate)
  • 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 in the context of studies on the subject, the work already completed and the type of publication envisioned for the end product (an article, a 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 the candidate that the proposal has been received. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of jurists.