The American Academy in Rome is a leading overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. For more than 117 years, the Academy has offered support, time, and an inspiring environment to some of America's most gifted artists and scholars.
In the historic setting of Rome, Academy artists and scholars pursue their work independently and collaborate with each other and with international colleagues. The Academy's significant resources include the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, a Photographic Archive, and an archaeology study collection. The library is strong in the fields of classical studies and the history of art and architecture. The Photographic Archive provides a visual record of the architecture and topography of ancient Rome and Italy and the Roman Empire, as well as collections on archaeology, art and architecture, landscape architecture, and gardens. Objects in the archaeology study collection are available for study and educational purposes. In addition the Academy offers throughout the year innovative and interdisciplinary public programs in the arts and humanities that highlight both established and emerging scholars and artists.
Each year the Academy invites applications for its prestigious Rome Prize. Through a nationally juried competition, the Academy offers up to thirty Rome Prize fellowships, which are either 6 or 11 months in length. Half of them are in the humanities in the following disciplines: Ancient Studies (through the 6th century), Medieval Studies (6th through the 14th centuries), Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (14th through the 18th centuries) and Modern Italian Studies (18th century to the present). The Academy also invites proposals in archaeology, history, the history of art and architecture, literature, and musicology. These disciplines are intended to be suggestive, and comparative projects that cut across the chronological limits listed above are welcome. Fellows receive room and board, a study, and a stipend. NEH provides funding for up to two fellows per year.