Can fellows bring a partner?

For reasons of space the fellowship is restricted to the winner only and partners are generally not accommodated. In those rare cases where we can accommodate a partner, the Fellow must pay a supplement fee.

Can the fellow bring their family?

For reasons of space, accommodation is generally not provided for families. In the rare cases we are able to offer housing for a family, it will be for families with a single small child only. Fellows offered family accommodation must pay an accommodation fee of $335/month.

Are there age limits for fellowship candidates?

There are no age limits.

What sort of housing is provided?

Housing is typically a single room with bath. For artists, a studio is also provided.

Do fellows have to reside at the American Academy in Rome?

Yes. The winner is required to remain at the Academy during the period of their fellowship with absences limited to brief periods.

Is it possible to leave for short periods?

Yes, but these should be limited to a day or two.

How much is the stipend?

The stipend for the 2019–20 competition is the euro equivalent of $2,200/month, paid in euros monthly. 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.

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.

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 proposed project; impact—current or future—on the field in question.

How many finalists are chosen for an interview?

Between three and five in each field.

When will the winners be announced? 

Winners for the 2019-20 competition will be announced at the Rome Prize Ceremony in New York on April 9, 2019.

Additional questions? 

Please contact if@aarome.org.


May I apply if I have not completed my doctorate?

Yes, if you will have completed the doctorate prior to September 1, 2019.

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?


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

Fields rotate through the following disciplines in alternating years: Ancient Studies (2019-20); Early Modern and Renaissance Studies (2019-20); Medieval Studies (2020-21); Modern/Contemporary Italian Studies (2020-21). 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 in Rome?

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 interviewed, but was not selected for a fellowship. Am I automatically admitted in this year’s competition?