Eligibility and Guidelines

Overview

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.

Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Literature (awarded only by nomination through the American Academy of Arts and Letters)
  • Musical Composition
  • Visual Arts
  • Ancient Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies

Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Academy have to offer.

Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy's residential community, which also includes Residents and Visiting Artists and Scholars.

Fellows are encouraged to work collegially within and across disciplines in pursuit of their individual artistic and scholarly goals.

The Academy gratefully acknowledges the National Endowment for the Humanities for its support of the Rome Prize competition.

 

General Information

Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of 6-month and 11-month fellowships receive stipends of $15,000 and $27,000, respectively.

Owing to the fluctuating dollar/euro exchange rate and the high cost of living in Rome, the stipends offered may not cover all expenses. This is especially true for prize winners who come to Rome with spouses, companions and/or children.

The American Academy in Rome was designed, in the 19th century, for single men under 30, with small even monastic residential spaces, and work space that is accessible 24 hours a day -- large studios in the case of artists, and studies near or in the library in the case of scholars, to facilitate working. The emphasis has always been on Rome, education, collaboration and work.

For the first hundred years, children under 18 could not live on Academy property, or enter any Academy building! Beginning in 1989, these rules were relaxed and since then we have permitted children to come to certain meals and to be present often. In 2001, we began leasing a building adjacent to the AAR main building which allowed us to have families “on campus”.

The fact remains that the Academy is not designed for families with children, and those considering going to Rome should be forewarned. They will have to pay rent, subsidize the stipend, figure out schools, baby-sitting, and all other family needs independently, and most significantly, realize that the amount of work they can get done is historically less than for those without these responsibilities.

Eleven-month fellowships generally begin at the Academy in early-September and end at the beginning of August. Winners of six-month fellowships may choose to begin in early-September and end in early-March or begin in early-February and end in early-August.

For Further Information:

info@aarome.org
call 212-751-7200
fax 212-751-7220 

 

Eligibility

—Applicants for all Rome Prize fellowships, except those applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral fellowship, must be United States citizens at the time of the application.

—U.S citizens and those foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply for the NEH post-doctoral fellowships.

—Graduate students in the humanities may apply only for pre-doctoral fellowships.

—Previous winners of the Rome Prize are not eligible to re-apply.

—Undergraduate students are not eligible for Rome Prize fellowships.

Individuals may submit joint applications provided the work is genuinely collaborative in nature as demonstrated by the materials submitted. In the case of joint applications, each individual must meet all eligibility requirements. Joint applications must be submitted in one package. Joint applicants selected as winners will share one prize.

Winners of the Rome Prize may hold other fellowships concurrently, as long as the requirements of such fellowships do not conflict with the Academy's rules. Applicants are required to disclose all fellowships and awards they expect to hold during their proposed residency in Rome, including sabbatical pay. The Academy may make adjustments to the stipends based on other awards held by Rome Prize recipients. Winners may not hold full-time jobs while at the Academy.

 

The Selection Process

Each year the Academy's New York office organizes the open national competition to select Rome Prize winners. Jury members, selected annually, are prominent in their respective disciplines and drawn from all regions of the country. The jury convenes from January through March and finalists may be required to come to New York at the Academy's expense for interviews. The Academy's Board of Trustees announces the winners in late April.

The primary criterion for selection is proven excellence in an applicant's achievements and the potential for future development. Jurors will consider the quality of submitted application materials and what interviews reveal about an applicant's past achievements and future goals. The jury may select any candidate it judges to be outstanding in his or her field and is at a point in the individual's career where the Rome Prize experience would be critical to future growth and development.

All other factors being equal, preference will be given to those applicants who have not had extensive prior experience living, studying, and/or working in Rome.

 

Deadlines and Fees

The annual deadline for applications is 1 November. Applications will also be accepted between 2 November and 15 November for an additional fee (see below for details).

No applications postmarked after 15 November will be accepted.

1 November
$30 if submitting one application
$40 if submitting two or more applications

15 November
$60 if submitting one application
$75 if submitting two or more applications  

There is no application fee for those applying solely for NEH post-doctoral fellowships.