This Fellowship, made possible by The Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Fund, is designed for scholars who explore “Italy in the World.” Projects should address the transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.) during the Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century.
It is named after Bernard Berenson, who in his 1956 statement ‘On the Future of I Tatti’ expressed the hope that not only would scholars come from many countries, but that they would also travel in “what was the ancient Oecumene, not going farther East than the Euphrates and not farther South than Egypt and the great desert of North Africa” and be intimately acquainted with the Mediterranean countries and their “Hinterland.”
The Berenson Fellowship stipend is $4,000 per month, plus a one-time supplement (maximum, $1,500) towards relocation expenses. In light of the residential nature of the fellowship, Fellows must live in the Florence area and spend at least three days a week at the Center. When possible, a one-bedroom apartment will be set aside for the Fellow’s use, rent free, but with charges for utilities. If an apartment is not available, $1000 per month will be offered to help offset rental costs.
Please Note: The Fellow is responsible to obtain a visa, permesso di soggiorno, and health coverage (and, if appropriate, for accompanying family members). The Fellow must determine if a visa is required and, if necessary, obtain one before travel.
DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP
This is a residential fellowship of 4 or 6 months in length.
NUMBER OF FELLOWSHIPS
Up to four fellowships will be awarded every year.
IS FELLOWSHIP ANNUAL?
Yes, the Berenson Fellowship is warded every year. You are strongly advised to visit this website regularly to see more fellowship opportunities.
WHERE CAN FELLOWSHIP BE TAKEN?
Berenson Fellowship can be taken in Florence, Italy.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Applicants must be conversant in English and have familiarity with Italian. At the time of application, a PhD is required. Priority will be given to early and mid-career scholars. It must be possible for applicants to carry out most of their research in Florence. I Tatti welcomes applications from scholars from all nations and gives special consideration to candidates without regular access to research materials and facilities in Italy. Applications are evaluated by international scholars. The selection committee aims to assess the ability of candidates to contribute in a collegial way to the intellectual life of the Harvard Center.
Short-term Fellowships at I Tatti can be held only once and cannot be deferred. Short-term Fellowships are intended for scholars who have not previously held appointments at I Tatti (with the exception of Graduate Fellows).
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for the Berenson Fellowship can be written in English or Italian.
Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight (Cambridge, MA time) on November 15, 2018. Scholars can apply to only one type of I Tatti Fellowship per academic year.