Employment: Visiting Fellowships at Villa I Tatti in Florence, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

Deadline:  1 February 2014

A limited number of Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellowships, each for three months, are available each academic year for advanced research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance.  The Fellowship is designed for scholars who do not have the benefit of sabbatical leave. This group includes curators, administrators, and conservators, as well as scholars who, having the primary responsibility of caring for young children, do not have easy access to major research libraries and research.

The project must represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined as the period ranging from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Subjects covered include the architecture, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, science, or visual arts of Italy. Applications would also be welcomed from candidates working on the transmission and circulation of ideas, objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian peninsula, or the historiography of the Italian Renaissance, including the rebirth of interest in the Renaissance in later periods. Museum professionals may apply to carry out research for a forthcoming exhibition or for the catalogue of permanent collections, but they can also apply for projects relating to their personal research interests.

Applications, which can be written in English or Italian, must be submitted electronically by midnight (Cambridge, MA time) on 1 February 2014. Fellowship Applicants must have two scholars who know their work well submit recommendations online by 8 February.

The normal periods of residence are fall (September through November), winter (January through March), and spring (April through June). Applicants should indicate their preference.  Fellows are expected to spend at least three days a week at the Villa, and are required to live in Florence or the surrounding area.  Fellows enjoy all the privileges of the Harvard Center, including use of the Biblioteca Berenson seven days a week and lunch with other I Tatti Appointees from Monday through Friday. Visiting Fellows do not receive an office or study, but they will have their own desk or carrel in the Library itself. The stipend is $4,000 per month, plus a one-time supplement (maximum, $1,500) towards relocation expenses. 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. Fellows may not take on any other obligations such as teaching positions, even part-time ones, during any part of their Fellowship period.

For further particulars and details on the application process see http://itatti.harvard.edu or http://itatti.harvard.edu/research/fellowships/craig-hugh-smyth-visiting-fellowship

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