I Tatti Fellowships, Villa I Tatti

I Tatti Fellowships

Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies)

Application deadline: 15th October 2016

Fifteen I Tatti Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available annually for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.).

I Tatti offers Fellows the precious time they need to pursue their studies with a minimum of obligations and interruptions together with a maximum of scholarly resources—a combination that distinguishes the Harvard Center from similar institutions. In order to foster a collaborative spirit, Fellows are expected to live in the Florence area and to spend at least three days a week at the center. Lunch and tea are served each weekday, and the I Tatti community takes shape over these convivial occasions. Rather than present a traditional paper at the end of the year, Fellows give informal presentations in the early Fall. This provides an opportunity to explore problems and questions and receive valuable feedback from other members of the community during the extended discussion period. Each year, a limited number of activities organized at I Tatti are reserved for the Fellows, and they join the wider community at conferences, lectures, and concerts.


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 strength of the proposed project and its potential to yield original results, and to the candidate’s curriculum vitae.

At the time of application, scholars must hold a PhD, dottorato di ricerca, or an equivalent degree. 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, having received a PhD between 2006-2015 and have a solid background in Italian Renaissance studies. (NB: The PhD certificate must bear a date between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2015, inclusive.)

The project must represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined historically as the period ranging from the 14th to the 17th centuries and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.). Subjects covered include art and architecture, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science. Scholars can also apply to work on the transmission and circulation of ideas, objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian peninsula, or on 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. Preference is given to a postdoctoral research project. Applicants should demonstrate that they have already completed the necessary preliminary work to establish that the project shows promise. Projects could also represent a significant reworking of a dissertation. Special consideration may be given to candidates without regular access to research materials and facilities available in Italy.

One of the I Tatti fellowships, sponsored by a generous grant from the Florence Gould Foundation, is designated for scholars who a) work on a Franco-Italian Renaissance topic (which includes any project exploring the contact between the geographic areas of Italy and France in the early modern period); b) reside in France; or c) have French citizenship. Candidates who fall into one or more of these categories should indicate their status in the penultimate section on the application form.

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.

Renewals or repeats of an I Tatti Fellowship are not granted. Scholars can apply to only one type of I Tatti Fellowship at a time.

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Postdoctoral Research Collaborator, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Postdoctoral Research Collaborator (Wissenschaftliche Assistenz) (full-time)

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Application deadline: 24th June 2016

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (KHI) invites applications for the position of a full-time postdoctoral research collaborator (Wissenschaftliche Assistenz) in the department of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf, starting in July 2016 or later for a period of three years.

The research collaborator assumes a high degree of responsibility within the department, working closely with the director and should contribute to the scientific and organizational activities of the department and the institute. The collaborator is expected to pursue his/her own research as well, and to participate in projects of the KHI, an internationally oriented and broadly connected Max Planck Institute focused on Italian, Mediterranean, and global art histories. The department of Gerhard Wolf, in particular, is concerned with the new horizons of art history, transcultural interactions over long and short distances, and a critical discussion of the methodological implications and consequences of these global perspectives of the discipline.

We invite applications from art historians, as well as those working in related disciplines. Applicants must hold a doctorate/PhD degree and demonstrate proficiency in at least two foreign languages and preferably have a good command of German. The position requires flexibility and the ability to work as part of a team. The research collaborator is expected to reside in Florence. The position is awarded without regard to nationality.

Salary and benefits will be determined according to German or Italian contract conditions.

The applications, which can be submitted in either English, German, or Italian, should include:

  1. a cover letter
  2. a proposal (maximum 1000 words) for a postdoctoral (or Habilitation) research project
  3. a detailed curriculum
  4. a short summary (maximum 1000 words) of the doctorate/PhD dissertation
  5. a list of publications
  6. the names of three referees

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women as well as disabled individuals.

Applicants are required to merge all the documents into one single PDF file and to submit it via e-mail to dirwolf@khi.fi.it by 24 June 2016.

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Fellowships, Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi


Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi

Application deadline: 14th May 2016

Roberto Longhi Foundation for History of Art Studies announces the availability of a number of fellowships for the year 2016-2017, beginning October 1, 2016. The fellowships are designed for those, who seriously want to dedicate themselves to research in the History of Art.

To be eligible, applicants must be under thirty-two before May 14, 2016.

Non-Italian citizens should have fulfilled the preliminary requirements for a Doctoral Degree in History of Art at an accredited university or an institution of equal standing.

Applications should be addressed to the secretariat of the Fondazione and arrive before May 14, 2016. Applications should include:

  • the candidate biographical data (place of birth, domicile, citizenship);
  • a transcript of the candidate’s undergraduate and graduate records;
  • a printed copy of the degree thesis and of the original works, published and unpublished;
  • a “curriculum studiorum”, indicating also the spoken and written knowledge of foreign languages;
  • letters of recommendation from at least two persons of academic standing who are acquainted with the candidate’s work;
  • the subject of the research which the candidate is interested in pursuing within the History of Art;
  • two passport photographs.

To be accepted the applications must be complete and signed.

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The fellowships will be paid in monthly instalments over a period of nine months, beginning in October 2016 until June 2017. The total amount of the grant will be of 5.400 Euro. The successful candidates must confirm the acceptance of the fellowship and its stipulations within 15 days of the receipt of the award letter. The fellowships will be mainly granted, following the unobjectionable judgement of Fondazione, thanks to the following money contribution: Associazione “L’Italia Fenice – onlus” (two), Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Fondazione Piera, Pietro e Giovanni Ferrero, Jean-Luc Baroni, Giovanna Poletti in the memory of Geo Poletti, Valentina Supino in the memory of Igino Benvenuto Supino, Daniel Thierry to a research about drawing. A Fellowship will be issued in memory of Nicola Pauer d’Ankerfeld. The Fellowships holders may make use of the study materials available in the Institute, which mainly concern Italian painting from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. At the end of the Academic Year a written report with the results of the research undertaken must be submitted. The Fondazione Longhi reserves the right of first publication of the above described research results.

Fellowship holders must frequent the Institute, cooperate on specific group research projects selected by the Scientific Committee and dedicate themselves full time to the research for which the fellowship is assigned. Therefore they may not work or collaborate with other institutions and they may not exceed the periods of vacations fixed by the Institute. They are required to live in Florence for the entire duration of the fellowship (except for travels necessary for their research) and attend seminars, lectures and other activities arranged by the Institute. Within October 31, 2016 the fellowship holders are required to take up permanent domicile in Florence and to communicate their address. The failure to fulfil these conditions could lead to the eventual revocation of the fellowship.

Postdoctoral Position, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

Postdoctoral Position

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

Application deadline: 15th March 2016

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Department of Professor Alessandro Nova, invites qualified candidates to apply for one postdoctoral position.

Starting on 1 June 2016, the position is offered for two years. We are looking for outstanding candidates with passive German language skills, who are interested in the problem of how language shapes and limits intellectual discourse in art history (“Language(s) of Art History”).

Candidates are asked to address their application in German, English or Italian, in a single pdf (max. 2 MB), via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova (dirnova@khi.fi.it), including the following documents:

  • detailed cv with photo
  • certificate of graduation / PhD
  • research proposal (max. 2 pages)
  • two reference letters

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2016.