American Academy in Rome
Established in 1894 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the American Academy in Rome is a center that sustains independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies. Each year, the prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers.
Fellowships are awarded in the following fields:
- Design (including graphic, fashion, interior, lighting, and set design, engineering, urban planning, and other related design fields)
- Historic Preservation and Conservation (including architectural design, public policy, and the conservation of works of art)
- Landscape Architecture
- Literature (The Rome Prize in Literature is by nomination of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.)
- Musical Composition
- Visual Arts
- Ancient Studies
- Medieval Studies
- Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
- Modern Italian Studies
Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy’s residential community, which includes Affiliated Fellows, Residents, and Visiting Artists and Scholars.
Full-term fellowships generally run from early September through the following June. Winners of half-term fellowships may indicate a preference to begin in September or February.
Rome Prize Fellows in the Visual Arts, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, and Historic Preservation are provided with large, well-lit studios. Fellows in Musical Composition are provided with music studios containing a piano. Fellows in the Humanities are provided with separate studies.
Rome Prize winners reside at the Academy’s eleven-acre center in Rome. Housing includes room and board. The American Academy in Rome welcomes spouses, companions, and children of Rome Prize winners. However, Fellows with families often incur expenses that exceed the Fellow’s stipend, so those wishing to bring their families are advised to supplement their stipends with additional funds.
Situated on the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill