Funding Opportunities: The British School at Rome

Funding Opportunities with the British School at Rome, various deadlines in January and February 2012

There are several funding opportunities available to art history researchers working in the field of Italian art from pre-history to the modern period, covering art and architecture, and at levels ranging from pre-doctoral to senior scholars.The full details of the scholarships are available on The British School at Rome‘s website, but we have outlined the main grants for early career researchers below.

Rome Awards

Research area: the archaeology, art history, history, society and culture of Italy, from prehistory to the modern period

Open to: Applicants normally will have begun a programme of research in the general field for which the Award is being sought, whether or not registered for a higher degree. The Awards are not normally suitable for people in established posts.

Duration: For an extended period of study in Italy, normally 3 months

Research Grant : £150 per month +  £180 travel allowance

Closing date: 17 January 2012

Other restrictions: Applicants should seek support from the AHRC and British Academy (or equivalent) and from their own university or college before applying to the BSR.

Rome Fellowships and Scholarships

Research area: the archaeology, art history, history, society and culture of Italy, from prehistory to the modern period.

Open to: Applicants for Fellowships normally should have submitted their doctorate not more than two years previous to the closing date for applications. Applicants for Scholarships (at pre-doctoral level) normally will have begun a programme of research in the general field for which the Scholarship is being sought, whether or not registered for a higher degree.

Duration: 9 months

Research Grant: Scholarship: £444 per month; Fellowship: £475 per month.

Closing date: 17 January 2012

Applications for Fellowships and Scholarships are considered in a single competition.  Separate applications are not required.

Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship

Giles Worsley, the distinguished architectural historian and critic, died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 44. He was an enthusiastic visitor to Italy and a great believer in the importance of Italian architecture of all periods in understanding the development of Western architecture. He was concerned that architecture schools do not give adequate emphasis to the teaching of architectural history and that architectural historians should be encouraged to experience the reality of influential Italian buildings.

This three-month Travel Fellowship offers architects and architectural historians the opportunity to be immersed in Rome and Italy’s rich architectural heritage.

Research area: architecture and architectural history

Open to: architects and architectural historians. Normally applicants should have recently completed a post-graduate qualification.

Duration: three months (October to December)

Travel grant: £180

Stipend: £700 per month

Closing date: 1 February 2012

Specific criteria:

  • Applicants must have British nationality or have been living and studying in Britain for at least the last three years.
  • The Fellow will be required to deliver a public presentation on their research on their return.
  • The project proposed for the Fellowship should be an end in itself, rather than a means to an end.
  • Selection for this Fellowship is by a panel formed of representatives of the RIBA, the British School at Rome and the Worsley family.
  • Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae, a statement of 500–700 words indicating the subject of their proposal and their suitability for the Fellowship, and the names and addresses of two referees. They should ask the two referees to send a reference in support of their application.
  • Further details (including selection criteria) are available here.

Application: Applications and references should be sent to: The British School at Rome, at The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH.

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