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.

 

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 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. Deadline: 15 October 2013.

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.

The Medici Archive Project offers fellowships for graduate students to join MAP in Florence, Italy, to undertake specialized archival research on-site at the Archivio di Stato, utilizing the collection of the Medici Granducal Archive.

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. Deadline 2 March.

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 UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and UCLA Library Special Collections offer Ahmanson Short-Term Research Fellowships in Medieval and Renaissance Studies to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars to support work with the medieval and Renaissance holdings at UCLA, including the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. Awards a stipend of $2500/month for fellowships lasting up to three months. Application deadline 1 October for fellowships to be taken between January 1 and June 30 of the following year.

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. 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. Deadline: 15 October 2013.

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 Marc de Montalembert Foundation and the French Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) have formed a partnership to sponsor the Marc de Montalembert Prize of 8,000 euros. The grant will be awarded to support a research project whose outcome must constitute an original contribution to the knowledge of the arts of the Mediterranean world. The Foundation will also offer the grant holder the possibility of a residenceship at its headquarters in Rhodes, Greece. Candidates must be born in a country bordering the Mediterranean or be a citizen of that country, be under 35 years of age at time of application, hold a PhD degree (doctorate) or be of equivalent academic stature. Deadline 1 November.

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship allows emerging scholars to become fully integrated into a curatorial department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and conduct research on a specific pre-determined curatorial project. Projects are available in European Paintings, Modern and Contemporary Art, Islamic Art, Musical Instruments, or The Robert Lehman Collection. Alongside departmental curators and with guidance from a supervisor, fellows gain comprehensive training through exposure to a full range of curatorial work and opportunities to conduct scholarly research within the Museum. One Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial fellow will be selected for 2014-2016. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in art history or archaeology in a field related to one of the areas listed above and conferred within five years from the start date of the fellowship (between September 1, 2008, and September 1, 2013). The fellow will receive an annual salary of $50,392 plus research and travel expenses up to a maximum of $6,000 and fringe benefits.

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  Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is accepting applications for the 2014 SAH/Mellon Author Awards. Funded through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by SAH, the award is designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts, or line drawings in their publications. The purpose of the award is to help defray the high costs of image licensing, reproduction, and creation of original drawings and maps for monographs on the history of the built environment. Awards will be made once in 2014 and once in 2015 for print (hardcover, soft cover) and digital publications (eBook, DVD). Awardees will be selected on the basis of the quality and demonstrated financial need for their project. Successful applicants will be first-time book authors who are under contract with a publisher for a manuscript on the history of the built environment.

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.

Also at Villa I Tatti, Mellon Visiting Fellowships are available for junior scholars (advanced PhD candidates and those who have received the PhD within the last 10 years) who teach, or plan to teach, in Asia, Islamic countries, Latin America, and the Mediterranean basin. One David and Julie Tobey Fellowship, for three months, is available each academic year to support research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance, and especially the role that these works played in the creative process, the history of taste and collecting, and questions of connoisseurship. Proposals on a variety of subjects with a substantive component of research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts done on paper or parchment types are welcome. Deadline 2 February. Craig Hugh Smyth Three-Month Fellowships are for scholars who do not have the benefit of sabbatical leave, typically administrators, librarians, conservators, and curators. Deadline 2 February.

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.

Twice a year, the College Art Association awards grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. CAA will also offer a 2013 Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award to emerging scholars (PhD within last 6 years)to help defray the high costs of image licensing and reproduction for monographs in art history and visual studies. Application deadlines 15 March and 1 October. Questions may be directed to Alex Gershuny, CAA editorial associate.

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. Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowships are for scholars who do not have the benefit of sabbatical leave. One David and Julie Tobey Fellowship, for three months, is available each academic year to support research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance, and especially the role that these works played in the creative process, the history of taste and collecting, and questions of connoisseurship. Proposals on a variety of subjects with a substantive component of research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts done on paper or parchment types are welcome. Deadline 2 February.

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, including the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. Awards a stipend of $2500/month for fellowships lasting up to three months. Application deadline 1 October for fellowships to be taken between January 1 and June 30 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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