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American Academy in Rome

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: November 1, 2017

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.


Host Institutions: American Academy in Rome
Location: Rome, Italy
Point of Contact: American Academy in Rome Programs Department
Phone: (212) 751-7200

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.