I Tatti Fellowships
APPLICATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 15
I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies,
offers up to fifteen Fellowships each academic year for advanced
research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. Fellows join a
community of scholars from all over the world, working in a wide range
of fields and often with different methodological approaches. The most
important goals of I Tatti are to develop our understanding of the
Italian Renaissance, to encourage the fruitful interchange of ideas, and
to create a relaxed atmosphere conducive to research and writing. To
this end each Fellow is offered a study, use of the Biblioteca Berenson,
lunches on weekdays, and various other privileges. Fellows are selected
by an international and interdisciplinary committee that welcomes
applications from scholars from all nations. The committee aims to
assess the ability of candidates to contribute in a collegial way to the
intellectual life of the Harvard Center. It pays special attention to
the candidate’s curriculum vitae, the strength of the proposed project,
and its potential to yield original results.
The project must
represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined
as the period ranging from the 13th
to the 17th
centuries. Subjects covered include the architecture, history,
literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, science, or
visual arts of Italy. Applications would also be welcomed from
candidates working on the transmission and circulation of ideas,
objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian
peninsula, or the historiography of the Italian Renaissance, including
the rebirth of interest in the Renaissance in later periods. It must be
possible for applicants to carry out most of their research in Florence,
with the resources available in the city and at I Tatti. Applicants
should discuss how their project relates to their earlier work and note
that preference is given to scholars embarking on a new research project
rather than polishing a dissertation.
At the time of
application, applicants must hold a PhD, dottorato di ricerca,
or an equivalent doctorate. They must be conversant in either English or
Italian and able to understand both languages. They should be in the
early stages of their career, that is, within the first decade after
receiving their doctorate. Fellows are expected to spend at least two or
three days a week at the Villa, and are required to live in Florence or
the surrounding area. They may not take on any other obligations such as
teaching positions, even part-time ones, during any part of their
the supporting material must be submitted by October 15; hard copy
applications cannot be postmarked after that date. (See below for
application instructions.) The selection committee informs applicants of
its decisions in February, and it does not grant renewals, repeats, or
deferrals of the Fellowship.
The Fellowship year runs from July 1 to June 30. The maximum stipend is
$50,000, plus a supplement towards relocation expenses. If the candidate
receives partial salary or outside grants, this must be explained on the
application or in subsequent correspondence with the Director. Several
apartments on the I Tatti property are available for Fellows, with
larger ones reserved for Fellows who live there with their families.
These are rent free but with charges for utilities.
Hard Copy Application
Application and supporting materials should be sent to
both the Cambridge and Florence address:
Villa I Tatti
Via di Vincigliata 26
50135 Florence, Italy
Villa I Tatti
124 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
1. A completed Fellowship application form (click
here to obtain a pdf form).
2. A compact curriculum vitae that does not exceed five pages, including
a list of your publications. Please indicate document title, date and
page number in the header or footer.
3. A statement of the project to be developed at I Tatti (maximum 1500
words.) Please give a word count at the beginning and indicate document
title, date and page number in the header or footer. The opening
paragraph of the statement should be a concise abstract of the project.
A focused bibliography of one page (in addition to the 1500 words)
should be added at the end. The statement can be in English or Italian.
4. A photocopy of the doctoral certificate; an official transcript is
If you are submitting an online application, your application and
supporting materials will be sent automatically to the Cambridge and
Florence office; please do not send a hardcopy in the mail.
here to submit an online application
whereby you will then receive instructions on how to attach items #2-4
recommendation for both hardcopy and online applications
Three confidential letters of recommendation are required from scholars
who know you well. Letters should be on institute letterhead and signed.
These must be sent directly by the recommenders and should arrive by
October 15, in one of the following ways:
previously applied should submit a new application form, an updated
curriculum vitae, project description, and at least one new letter of
recommendation. To be successful, a project must have made considerable
progress since the previous application.