About the Academy

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  • Advanced research across the disciplines
  • Public conferences on urgent academic, cultural, and scientific topics
  • 454 Fellows over two decades 
  • Fellowship Program with 21-25 residential scholars each year
  • Fellows have come from Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey
  • Fellows are invited to contribute to the work of Columbia departments including Anthropology, Art History and Archaeology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Classics, Economics, English and Comparative Literature, French, Germanic Languages, History, Italian, Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Mathematics, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology, and in the Schools of Law, Business, Engineering, Architecture, and in the Earth Institute. Neuroscience researchers at the Academy work in Psychiatry, Psychology, Biology labs and centers at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center; at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; and the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

The Academy

The Italian Academy is a premier global center for research in the humanities and sciences, founded in 1991 on the basis of an agreement between Columbia University and the Republic of Italy. Its chief commitment is to promote groundbreaking cross-disciplinary work while addressing international social issues.

Fellowship program

As the core of the Academy’s work, the Fellowship Program invites scholars to dedicate one or two semesters to research. Each group has a balance of postdoctoral researchers, mid-career scholars, and full professors; they are chosen by a jury of experts in the relevant fields.

Other initiatives 

  • The Arts, Humanities, and Neuroscience Project has for over 20 years hosted resident scientists and regularly presented conferences on cutting-edge research.
  • The International Observatory for Cultural Heritage is the home of the Weinberg Fellowships as well as the Sardinia Cultural Heritage project and other research initiatives and symposia.
  • The Weinberg Fellowships project awards four fellowships each year for the study of architectural history and preservation. 
  • The Sardinia Cultural Heritage project is a three-year program (recently renewed with further funding for another three years) centered on Sardinian history and culture.
  • The NOMIS Project on Migrations and Mobility explores the transition from foraging to farming.
  • The Holocaust Remembrance series and the Women’s History Month series are annual initiatives (in January and March, respectively) designed as academic events and interviews. 
  • Since 2006, the Alexander Bodini Foundation has offered Fellowships in adolescent psychiatry and supported occasional year-long initiatives in the social sciences.
  • Cultural programs include a concert series bringing world-class Italian music to New York; the Premio New York, a prize for emerging Italian artists; and public art exhibitions throughout the year; all this and more can be seen here.

Hosted in the Academy building

The Columbia University Seminar in Modern Italian Studies holds regular meetings in the Academy's Conference Room to address political, social, cultural, and religious aspects of Italian life from 1815 to the present. The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University, too, welcomes the public for regular talks in the Conference Room as part of its mission to link together all the faculty, students and numerous departments that have an interest in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and adjoining areas.