I Tatti-RCAC Joint Fellowship
|Scholarship / Financial aid: USD 4,000 per month for senior Fellows, and USD 3000 for junior Fellows|
Date: 1 academic year
Deadline: January 15, 2015
Open to: advanced doctoral candidates and candidates who have received a PhD
Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, in Florence) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. Scholars will spend the Fall semester at one center, and the Spring semester at the other. Here they will carry out projects that represent advanced research in any aspect of the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or the Ottoman Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Subjects covered include art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science.
The “I Tatti – RCAC Joint Fellowship” will be awarded at one of two levels: one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates who are writing their PhD dissertation; or one senior fellowship, for candidates who have received a PhD within a decade of the year of application. (For senior fellowships, PhD certificates must bear a date between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012, inclusive.) Candidates must be conversant in English and have at least a reading knowledge of Italian. They must have a solid background in Italian Renaissance and Byzantine or Ottoman Studies. Fellows may not take on any other obligations such as teaching positions, even part-time ones, during any part of their Fellowship term. Each successful candidate must be approved by both RCAC and VIT. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous association with VIT or RCAC. Renewals, repeats, or deferments of this Fellowship are not granted.
The Fellowship period will be one academic year, which will be spent as one term at VIT and one term at RCAC. The dates of the Fall and Spring semesters differ at the two institutions (see below), and successful candidates can express a preference for spending the Fall semester in Florence or Istanbul. During both semesters, it must be possible for Fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident.
Details relating to I Tatti:
+The dates of the Fall semester are July 1 - December 31 (Fellows required to begin work by September 1), and the dates of the Spring semester are February 1 - June 30.
+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, but are welcome to take occasional research trips to other cities.
+Fellows are offered a reserved carrel in the Biblioteca Berenson, or, when available, a study, lunch on weekdays (not extended to spouses), and various other privileges.
+The stipend is USD 4,000 per month for senior Fellows, and USD 3000 for junior Fellows, plus a one-time supplement (maximum, USD 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, USD 1000 per month will be offered to help offset rental costs.
+The Fellow is responsible for obtaining 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.
+Scholars awarded this Fellowship can apply for other I Tatti fellowships only after a year has passed from the end of their sojourn.
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