The Terra Foundation for American Art and the American Academy in Rome are pleased to offer the Terra Foundation Fellowship.

This fellowship offers support for a postdoctoral or senior scholar to conduct research on American art and visual culture (not including architecture) prior to 1980. The selected candidate will be in residence at the American Academy in Rome for a period of four to six months, during which time, he or she will pursue research in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. The fellowship includes housing*, meals, a private study, a stipend of $2,500 per month, and privileged access to Rome.

* A single room is the standard offer, but larger spaces are available, for a fee, to accommodate a spouse and/or children.

The fellowship has the following objectives:

  • To stimulate research on topics treating issues of Italianā€“American exchange
  • To enrich the field of historic American art by bringing its practitioners into dialogue with the scholarly community of the American Academy in Rome
  • To advance postdoctoral research on subjects related to the history of American art until 1980 by scholars based in Italy
  • To encourage research on American art requiring first-hand exposure to collections and archives in the Rome area

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2020.


Applicants may be of any nationality, provided their research would be facilitated by residence at the Academy.

Applicants must hold a PhD at the time of application. Senior scholars are welcome to apply.

Topics dealing with Italianā€“American exchanges and requiring first-hand exposure to collections and archives in Rome and its vicinity will be given priority.


A completed online application form includes the following three documents, to be uploaded as three separate digital files:

  • RĆ©sumĆ©/curriculum vitae: should include languages read and spoken and level of fluency
  • Project proposal: should be double spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, not to exceed four pages, describing the nature of the work the applicant intends to undertake in Rome and identifying special resources in Italy important to the project. Please include bibliographical notes for any sources cited (not counted toward the four-page limit)
  • Writing sample: may be up to twenty pages and should be in the proposed field of study. Please include bibliography and footnotes (not counted toward the page limit)

Three reference letters from professionals acquainted with the applicant and his or her work. Recommenders will be asked to submit their letters electronically through our online system.APPLY NOW


TheĀ Terra Foundation for American ArtĀ is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue of American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and education programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and unite them.

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