Social-Ecological The RSA–Patricia H. Labalme Fellowship 2017, Venice, Italy

Publish Date: Jan 10, 2017

Deadline: Jan 10, 2017

Social-Ecological The RSA–Patricia H. Labalme Fellowship

The RSA–Patricia H. Labalme Fellowship, in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, supports a one-month residence at the Centro Vittore Branca on the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore for the purpose of research in Venice.

Location: Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy.

Length: 1 month.

Stipend: $3,000 (for a researcher traveling from within Continental Europe or the UK) or $4,000 (for a researcher traveling from outside of Europe).

Discipline: All disciplines.

Career level: Open to scholars at all career levels (Non-Doctoral, Junior Scholar, and Senior Scholar). Read more about RSA’s career level definitions.

Collection description: The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice holds several primary and secondary sources of particular interest to the Renaissance Studies scholarly community: with its research institutes, devoted respectively to art history, history of Venice, theater, literature and opera, music, ethnomusicology, Antonio Vivaldi’s music, the Fondazione libraries feature early printed books, as well as drawings, etchings, sketches, monographic editions on Renaissance artists and architecture.

The Fondazione libraries hold more than 2000 early printed books, among which several illuminated incunabula and cinquecentine printed in Venice, featuring works by Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Holy Bibles, along with peculiar volumes pertaining to popular culture.

In addition to that, the Archive of the History of the Venetian State contains a microfilm library of over 2 million slides reproducing material on the Venetian Republic kept in non-Venetian archives, but also collections of Italian and international books and periodicals on the history and culture of territories influenced by Venetian culture. It thus provides opportunities for detailed, multifaceted studies on the role played by Venice in European diplomacy.


  • Please note that all applicants must be members of the Renaissance Society of America at the time of application and during the award year.
  • Applicants may apply for up to two RSA Residential Fellowships per year. Indicate the residential fellowships for which you wish to apply, and explain in your application how the selected collections will facilitate your research. In the event you do not win a Residential Fellowship, your application will be automatically considered for any Non-Residential Fellowship for which you qualify.

Application components

  • Project description
    Length: 1000 words.
    Method of submission: Applicants will paste the text into a textbox.
    Instructions: This description should discuss the research questions or aims of the study, the sources and methods employed in the study, and the significance of the project to the field of Renaissance studies. Applicants should also specify what portion of the study they plan to complete during the grant period (e.g., research for chapters 2 and 3 of a book, initial research for a new project, research for an article) and the timeline for completing the project as a whole.
  • Curriculum vitae
    Length: No more than five pages.
    Method of submission: File upload; pdf format is recommended to preserve formatting.
  • Collection description
    Length: 500 words.
    Method of submission: Applicants will paste the text into a textbox.
    Instructions: This statement should describe how the applicant would use the collections and resources of the specific library.

General guidelines for residential fellowships

  1. The research proposal must be relevant to specific library collections and should indicate primary collection resources that are relevant to it.
  2. The fellowship must be used for full-time onsite research during the period of residency at the specific library, working on its collection.
  3. The residency must begin on or after 1 July of the year awarded and end on or before 30 June of the following year, and may not be subdivided into more than one continuous period of residency at the library.

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