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Fellowship Program

2021–22 Fellowship Competition

Unfortunately the effects and ramifications of Covid-19 meant that most of the winners of the 2020–21 Fellowship competition were unable to take up their Fellowship offers for the current Academic Year. As they will now be taking up their Fellowships in the coming Academic Year (2021–22) the Academy will be full. We therefore regret to announce that there will be no competition for places in 2021–22.

David Freedberg

Call for Applications: Fellowships 2020–2021

For reference only.

The Italian Academy invites applications for projects in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Additional consideration is given to proposals relevant to the Academy’s ongoing initiatives, especially the International Observatory for Cultural Heritage and the Humanities and Neuroscience Project.

The Academy also offers four Weinberg Fellowships on architectural history and preservation; one Bodini Fellowship on transitions from globalism to nationalism and populism; one Bodini Fellowship on developmental and adolescent psychiatry; and one Burke Fellowship on common challenges faced by Italy and Japan in the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage.

The Academy welcomes candidates from all countries, at the post-doctoral or faculty level. Fellows receive a stipend, travel allowance, health benefits, and an office in the Academy on the Columbia campus.

Guidelines for applicants

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 by December 2, 2019; a request with an upload link will then go to each referee.
(Referees do NOT get the upload link until after you have hit “Submit” on your own application form at
5) Read the confirmation e-mail sent to you.
6) Track the delivery of your reference letters: log in here, and if any letter is marked “Pending,” you can double-check the referee’s e-mail address and then click on “Resend Request.”
(If your referee didn't get the upload link via e-mail, s/he could [1] check spam/junk folders, [2] list “” as an Approved/Safe Sender, or [3] send the letter directly to the Academy: from her/his institutional account.)
7) Await decisions in spring 2020.

In most years, the Italian Academy offers these residential research opportunities

Frequently asked questions

What are the residency periods?
Fellows spend four months: either the Fall term (September-December) or the Spring term (January-April). Some scholars are invited to spend the full academic year (September to April).

I am a scientist; will I collaborate with Columbia laboratories &/or scientists?
A candidate in the sciences should contact a laboratory director at Columbia, to gauge his/her interest, before applying to the Academy. Such candidates should note (in the application proposal) that they have a pledged collaboration.

What is the word limit for the proposal?
The Project Proposal should not exceed 1300 words (excluding references).

What if I’m just getting my Ph.D. degree?
The degree must be awarded before August for Fall term Fellows, and before December for Spring Fellows.

What are the stipend and benefits?
We offer A) a gross salary ranging from $4,500 up to $7,500/month (you may pay tax on this; you must consult your accountant for advice); B) a travel allowance to cover the airfare to & from New York; C) a portion of health-insurance costs.

Do you give us housing, or pay our rent?  
No, but we assist our fellows in applying for Columbia Housing. (Note that the University does not guarantee spaces for every Fellow.)

Do you accept projects and CVs in Italian?
No; English is required.

Do you accept reference letters in Italian?
Yes, reference letters may be in English or in Italian.

Do you accept reference letters via, or from me directly?
Letters must come to us directly from the referees, via the link from the application platform.

What is the deadline for reference letters?
The deadline is Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

How are candidates assessed?
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.

What qualifications must I have?
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.)

How long do Fellows stay?
Fellows will be expected to be in residence for one or two academic semesters. At the Academy, Fellows 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 provides office space and some support.

Would I be in the Academy building daily?
Fellows are 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. 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.

Can I apply again after having been a Fellow before?
Former Fellows may re-apply no earlier than four years after the completion of their residencies.

I won a Fellowship but I wish to delay to another semester/year – may I?
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.