About Mellon Fellowships
Mellon Fellowships are designed to support and promote Italian Renaissance studies in areas that have been under-represented at I Tatti. Available for periods ranging from three to six months, they are intended for advanced research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance
Preference will be given to junior scholars who teach or plan to teach in Asia, Arabic speaking nations, Latin America, and the Mediterranean basin. Scholars working in North America, Northern Europe, Italy, France, or Australia are not eligible. Applicants must be conversant in either English or Italian and able to understand both languages. They should have a solid background in Italian Renaissance studies and be in the early stages of their career. Specifically, applicants must be a) advanced PhD candidates (with an approved dissertation topic) or b) hold a PhD (or an equivalent doctorate, e.g. dottorato di ricerca); the PhD certificates must bear a date after 1 January 2005.
The selection committee pays special attention to the candidate’s curriculum vitae, the strength of the proposed project, and its potential to yield original results. 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. 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 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. Applicants should discuss how their project relates to their earlier work and note that preference is given to scholars embarking on a new research project rather than polishing a dissertation.
Short-term Fellowships at I Tatti can be held only once, and priority will be given to applicants with no previous association with the Harvard Center. Scholars can apply to only one type of I Tatti Fellowship at a time. Scholars awarded a Mellon Fellowship can apply for a one-year I Tatti Fellowship only after a year has passed from the end of their sojourn. Renewals or repeats of a Mellon Fellowship are not granted.
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.
Details about applications will be posted in the Autumn.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must have two scholars who know their work well submit recommendations online. These recommendations can be written in English or Italian. For graduate students, one letter must be written by their dissertation advisor; this must state that the dissertation topic has been formally approved, and indicate the estimated date of completion. When applicants enter the online application system, they will be asked to provide the names of their referees. After the applicant registers the referees and submits a completed application, the referees will receive an email explaining how to access the system and submit their letters electronically. It is the applicants’ responsibility to inform the scholars writing on their behalf of the nature of the project and the deadline.