Outside Grants & Fellowships

The webmaster welcomes contributions to this list of any grants or fellowships relevant to the study of art made in Italy from antiquity to the present day. Grants are grouped by eligibility for graduate students, junior scholars, and open rank.


Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities /

Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Città Portuali

Call for Applications • 2018-2019 Research Residencies

We are pleased to announce the launch in Fall 2018 of the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities / Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Città Portuali, a collaboration between the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples and the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas, with the participation of the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Housed within the Capodimonte’s bosco in an eighteenth-century agricultural building called La Capraia (the goat farm), the Center is a laboratory for innovative research in the cultural histories of port cities and the mobilities of artworks, people, technologies, and ideas. Research and programs at La Capraia are dedicated to exploring global histories of art, architecture, and cultural production, while grounded in direct study of artworks, sites, and other materials in Naples as well as Campania. Through Research Residencies and regular site-based Research Workshops and Symposia, the Center at La Capraia supports scholarly access to Naples, fosters new research on Naples and on other port cities, and creates a network of students and scholars working on related projects.

The Advisory Committee of the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities invites applications for Research Residencies for PhD students in the early stages of their dissertation. Projects, which may be interdisciplinary, may focus on art and architectural history, music history, archeology, or related fields. All projects must address the cultural histories of Naples as a center of exchange, encounter, and transformation, while making meaningful use of research materials in Naples and Campania including artworks, sites, archives, and libraries. Residencies will run for 4½ or 9 months (mid-August through December, January through mid-April, or mid-August through April).

Research Residents will be awarded free lodging and work space at La Capraia, as well as the cost of travel to and from Naples at the beginning and end of the period of residency. Residents will be responsible for all other personal expenses during the residency period. Research residents will be granted privileged access to collections and research resources at the Capodimonte; access to other sites, collections, and research materials will be arranged as needed. At the end of the research period, residents will submit a written report on their progress, and share their research in a public lecture, gallery talk, or site visit.

We welcome applications from scholars of any nationality. Applicants are invited to submit a CV, a letter of intent, and a proposal of 1,000-1,500 words that outlines the research project and the resources that will be used in Naples. Materials should be sent in a single PDF file to elizabeth.ranieri@utdallas.edu and lacapraia@gmail.com. In addition, applicants must invite three recommenders to send letters of support directly to the same email addresses. All materials including letters of recommendation are due by Monday, 16 April 2018.

Download the flyer here. Learn more about the Center at www.utdallas.edu/arthistory/port-cities


Predoctoral
The American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to graduate students. Annual application deadline 1 November.

The College Art Association awards a limited number of $250 travel grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate student members as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the CAA Annual Conference. Grant recipients are chosen by lottery and preference will be given to conference attendees not participating as a speaker, chair, or discussant. Graduate students living outside the United States may also apply for the CAA International Member Conference Travel Grant.

The Council for European Studies (CES) offers a number of grants and awards, including Mellon Foundation sponsored Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships and Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies.

The Fondazione Lemmermann offers scholarships in the classical studies and humanities to graduate students wishing to conduct research in Rome on a topic related to Rome or Roman culture from prehistory to the present day. There are no restrictions on nationality, although basic knowledge of Italian is required.

The Fulbright Program offers opportunities to students to study in Italy through a highly competitive program.

The Getty Foundation offers a number of Residential Grants and Fellowships at the Getty Research Institute, including Predoctoral FellowshipsGraduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust (the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation) to students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts.

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institut regularly offers predoctoral fellowships. Check the Ausschreibungen / Bandi / Applications section of their website for current competitions and application deadlines.

Middlebury Language Schools offer Kress Fellowships for Language Study for graduate students in European art history to attend the Middlebury summer Language Schools, in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. These fellowships are intended for graduate students in art history with a proposed focus on European Art History. Preference will be given to graduate students who have recently been accepted or are currently enrolled in the requisite program at a Ph.D.-granting institution in the United States. In exceptional cases advanced undergraduates in Art History who are preparing for graduate study in the same field may also be considered. Fellowships cover the comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools. They are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals.

The Newberry Library offers a variety of fellowships to researchers wishing to use the library’s collections. Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars who wish to be in residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 12 months. Deadline 1 December.  Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, or those who hold other terminal degrees and who live and work outside of the Chicago Metro area. Deadline 15 January.

STITAH: Summer Institutes in Technical Art History provide a broad introduction to technical art history through object examination, technical studies, analytical equipment demonstrations, gallery tours, hands-on practical sessions, and more. It is usually held in June. Deadline March 2016.

The Villa I Tatti offers various fellowships each academic year to scholars working on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. Fifteen I Tatti Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available annually for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century, and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.). Deadline 15 October. Several other short term and joint fellowships are available; deadline 14 December. More information.

Postdoctoral/Junior Scholars
The American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers.  It also offers a number of limited-term Visiting Scholar appointments each year and is host to a variety of Affiliated Fellows,  Invitational Residencies, and Summer Programs. Annual application deadline 1 November.

The Getty Foundation offers a number of Residential Grants and Fellowships at the Getty Research Institute, including Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Each year, the International Center for Medieval Art offers five ICMA-Samuel H. Kress Research Awards to support research and publication in medieval art history.  Applicants for these $3,000 awards must hold a PhD but not be more than five years beyond receipt of PhD; additional qualifications apply.

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz regularly offers postdoctoral fellowships. Check the Ausschreibungen / Bandi / Applications section of their website for current competitions and application deadlines.

The Library of Congress offers Kluge Fellowships for research in the humanities and social sciences, especially interdisciplinary, cross-cultural or multilingual projects, to scholars with a Ph.D. conferred within seven years of application. The residential fellowship offers a stipend of $4,200 a month for up to 12 months at any time during the fourteen-month window between June 1 of the year in which the Fellowship is awarded and August 1 of the year following. Application deadline 15 July.

The Society of Architectural Historians offers the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship to allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year with an award of $50,000. The Fellowship is *not* for the purpose of doing research for an advanced academic degree. Instead, Prof. Brooks intended the recipient to study by travel and contemplation while observing, reading, writing, or sketching. The goals are to provide an opportunity for a recent graduate with an advanced degree or an emerging scholar to: see and experience architecture and landscapes first-hand ; think about their profession deeply; acquire knowledge useful for the recipient’s future work contribution to their profession and contribution to society.

The Villa I Tatti offers various fellowships each academic year to scholars working on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. 12-month I Tatti Fellowships are open to scholars within 10 years of the PhD for postdoctorate research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. Deadline 15 October. For Short Term Fellowships at Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, there are 3 new fellowships, on the Digital Humanities (Mellon), Historiography (Wallace), and transnational dialogues (Berenson), and three existing Fellowships, on drawings (Tobey), on Italy and the Ottomans (I Tatti – RCAC), and for curators and conservators (Smyth). Deadline 14 December.

All Levels
The American Philosophical Society offers Franklin Research Grants to support the cost of scholarly research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. Deadlines 1 October and 1 December.

The Bogliasco Foundation awards fellowships to those working in the Arts and Humanities at the Liguria Study Center. The Foundation gives preference to persons whose applications suggest that they would be comfortable working in an intimate, international, multi-lingual community of scholars and artists. Bogliasco Fellows may be accompanied by their spouses/partners during their stay at the Liguria Study Center. Spouses/partners who intend to pursue a project in one of the disciplines, and who wish to be designated as Bogliasco Fellows, must submit separate and complete applications. Deadlines: 15 January for fall-winter residencies beginning in September of the same year; 15 April for winter-spring residencies beginning in February of the subsequent year.

The Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture offers an annual Trinity College Research Grant in Modern Italian History to a United States citizen to conduct research in Italy on modern Italian history  (after 1700) in any genre. Deadline 1 March.

The College Art Association awards a limited number of $500 International Member Conference Travel Grants to artists and scholars from outside the United States as partial reimbursement of travel expenses for international members to attend the CAA Annual Conference; complimentary registration is included with the grant. Grant recipients are chosen by lottery and preference will be given to conference attendees not participating as a speaker, chair, or discussant. US citizens are not eligible. Deadline 16 August.

The CAA International Travel Grant Program, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, provides funding to twenty international art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend CAA Annual Conference. The grant covers travel expenses, hotel accommodations, per diems, conference registrations, and one-year CAA memberships. Deadline 16 August.

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) awards ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and others. Application deadline 15 February.

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation‘s Venetian Research Program awards four types of support for students and scholars working on Venetian topics, including research grants, travel support, and publication assistance.

The Fondazione Giorgio Cini  offers scholarships and co-financing to scholars at the graduate, postgraduate, and advanced levels who are willing to spend a research period in Venice, living and working at the Vittore Branca International Center for the Study of Italian Culture, an international resource for humanities studies in Italian culture, with particular emphasis on the visual arts, history, literature, music, and drama from an interdisciplinary point of view. The libraries hold over 2000 volumes including illuminated incunabula and 16th-century Venetian publications, featuring works by Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Holy Bibles, and volumes related to popular culture. Applications include a research proposal to be pursued in Venice in the Cini and other libraries, cv, and admission form sent by email.

The Fulbright Program offers opportunities to scholars to study in Italy through a highly competitive program, including teaching grants, research grants, and Distinguished Chairs.

The Getty Foundation offers a number of Residential Grants and Fellowships at the Getty Research Institute, including Getty Scholar Grants and Library Research Grants. Detailed instructions are available online. Please address inquiries via email.

The Getty Research Institute invites applications for its 2014 Library Research Grants. Getty Library Research Grants provide partial, short-term support for costs relating to travel and living expenses to scholars whose research requires use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers annual Art History Fellowships for PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior museum professionals interested in furthering their scholarly research within one of the Museum’s curatorial departments. Working with supervisors and departmental staff, fellows are able to utilize the Museum’s collections as a way to expand their own research and dialogue about art in their field. Throughout their time at the Museum fellows may contribute to departmental projects that complement their research. They will also share their research at the spring fellows’ colloquia in which they give a brief presentation on their work in progress. The stipend amount for one year is $42,000 for senior fellows and $32,000 for pre-doctoral fellows, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel. Health care benefits are included.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers numerous research grants to facilitate research and original scholarship in the humanities, including fellowships and summer stipends. Deadline 1 May and 26 September respectively.

The Newberry Library offers a variety of fellowships to researchers wishing to use the library’s collections. Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars who wish to be in residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 12 months. Deadline 1 December.  Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, or those who hold other terminal degrees and who live and work outside of the Chicago Metro area. Deadline 15 January.

The Renaissance Society of America awards up to eighteen Research Grants in amounts up to $3,000 as well as several Residential Grants in partnership with other institutions. Grants will be awarded in each of the three rank categories of Nondoctoral Scholar, Younger Scholar, and Senior Scholar. RSA Research Grants are available to applicants in all disciplines and topics dealing with the Renaissance. Applicants must be members of the Renaissance Society of America.

The Rockefeller Foundation offers residencies at The Bellagio Center to scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners in a serene setting conducive to concentrated, goal-oriented work. Researchers in the humanities are encouraged to apply. See the Application Resource Center for tips on preparing a successful application. Spouses/life partners may accompany residents, but accommodations are not available for children or pets. Application deadlines according to residence period.

STITAH: Summer Institutes in Technical Art History offer unique opportunities for professional development for art history faculty, providing a broad introduction to technical art history through object examination, technical studies, analytical equipment demonstrations, gallery tours, hands-on practical sessions, and more.

The Villa I Tatti offers various fellowships each academic year to scholars working on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) offers a small number of Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars engaged in long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences at any one of the national residential research centers participating in the program, including I Tatti.

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and UCLA Library Special Collections offer Ahmanson Short-Term Research Fellowships in Medieval and Renaissance Studies to scholars to support work with the medieval and Renaissance holdings at UCLA. Application deadline 1 October for fellowships to be taken between 1 January and 30 June of the following year.

Virtual Images of Sculpture in Time and Space (VISTAS) is a new non-profit, subsidizing the publication of books of new scholarship on European Sculpture 1250-1780. VISTAS will produce dual publications, a book in print with an accompanying website, featuring zoomable, very highresolution photography and some 360º photography. For full details and submission guidelines, please visit their website.

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