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Application for Academic Fellowships

For the 2016-17 Fellowships, the deadline was December 7, 2015.
Award decisions are typically reported in mid-April.


1) Prepare all material for your application (sample here).
2) Ask your referees to draft reference letters.
3) Fill out the application form (here).
4) Submit your application (a request with an upload link will then go to each referee).
5) Read the confirmation e-mail that will appear.
6) Track the delivery of your reference letters: log in here, and if any reference letter is marked "Pending," you can check that the referee’s e-mail address is correct, or click on "Resend Request." (Ask the referee to check her/his Spam folder.)
If problems persist, a referee may send a reference letter directly to the Academy:; the online application will reflect receipt of the letter.
(At all stages, candidates are responsible for their own reference letters.)

Call for Applications

The Italian Academy invites applications for positions in its 2016–17 Fellowship program, which will be devoted to the conservation and preservation of heritage and the contemporary destruction of art and architecture.
Topics relating to the political uses and abuses of cultural heritage as well as to the exchange, transport, and trafficking of objects will also be considered.
This fellowship year will coincide with the establishment of the Academy’s International Observatory for Cultural Heritage.
As in the past, special consideration will be given to proposals in the neurosciences relevant to the Academy's ongoing project in Humanities and Neuroscience.
Fellowships are open to both US and non-US citizens at the post-doctoral and faculty level. Applications are encouraged from countries beyond Europe.
Fellows receive a stipend, health benefits, travel allowance and an office in the Academy.

Description of the Program

The selection of Fellows will be based on the quality of the applications. These will be reviewed by a jury appointed by the Director and the Advisory Board of the Academy, which is composed of dozens of senior scholars in many fields at Columbia and other leading universities. Approximately twenty Fellowships will be awarded every year.

Normally Fellowships will be open to advanced scholars from the post doctoral to the full professorial level. (Candidates should expect to have their doctorates in hand no later than the summer after they apply.) Fellows will be expected to be in residence for one or two academic semesters.

At the Academy, Fellows will find a place where they can work, interact amongst themselves and with members of the Columbia community, and generally remain free from outside obligations. For periods of either one or two academic semesters, the Academy will provide office space and support, with opportunities for the organization of public lectures, seminars, conferences and publication.

Fellows will be expected to be in residence for the duration of their stay at the Academy, although connections with other institutions of higher learning will be encouraged. Absences for more than three days at a time should be requested from the Director.

Former Fellows may re-apply no earlier than four years after the completion of their residencies. Fellows may not hold concurrent fellowships and are expected to dedicate their time to research while in residence. Any resulting publications should acknowledge the support of the Academy, as should any biographical notes published in connection with the Fellow's appearances while in residence.

Given the large number of eminently qualified candidates for the Italian Academy Fellowships every year, candidates selected in any one year will not be allowed to postpone their offer of a Fellowship to another year. If the Fellowship is not taken up in the term of the year in which it is offered it will be forfeited – although candidates who turned down an offer of a Fellowship in one year may of course apply for the Fellowship in another year. No guarantee of success, however, can be offered in such cases. Again, former Fellows may re-apply no earlier than four years after the completion of their residency. Candidates are encouraged to read the Fellowship Program page of this site.