The Fellowship program lies at the heart of the Civita Institute's mission to inspire and promote design excellence through education and cultural exchange between the United States and Italy. Each year the Institute awards fellowships for proposed projects in the Italian hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio.

Fellowships are open to architects, planners, designers, artists, writers and other arts professionals practicing in all states west of the Rocky Mountains, including Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. They provide an unparalleled opportunity for the recipients to undertake a project of their own choosing related to current or anticipated professional work, in a highly unique setting, far from routine obligations.

The Astra Zarina Fellowship: This fellowship honors the legacy of Astra Zarina, founder of the Civita Institute and the University of Washington’s Architecture in Rome and Italian Hill Towns programs. This fellowship includes lodging for two months at the Civita Institute facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio, $1250 for travel expenses, and a $1500 stipend. Applicants must have completed seven years of work in their field.

The Civita Fellowship
The Civita Fellowship encourages applicants of varying experience levels; therefore, more weight will be given to the relationship of the applicant's proposal to professional goals. This fellowship includes lodging for one month at the Civita Institute facilities along with a stipend of $750. Recipients are responsible for travel expenses as well as any additional financial support needed. Applicants must have completed two years of work in their field.

The Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship: This fellowship provides sponsorship of a thirty day Civita Institute fellowship for an applicant who self-identifies as a member of a historically underrepresented group. The DFDF will provide a stipend in the amount of $2,000.00 to one Drexler Family Diversity Fellow each year. In addition to the fellowship stipend, lodging for one month at the Civita Institute facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio is included. The stipend may be used for living expenses and/or air travel. Applicants must have 3 years of work in their field and meet The Civita Institute criteria for fellowship selection. 

Northeast Chapter Fellowships
Additional Fellowships are offered seperately by the Northeast Chapter of the Civita Institute which serves architects, planners, engineers, artists, writers and other arts professionals practicing and/or residing in the Northeast region of the United States. Please visit the Northeast Chapter page for more information.

Evaluation of Proposals

Fellowship proposals will be evaluated by an independent jury consisting of four Northwest design or arts professionals not affiliated with the Civita Institute and one Civita Institute Board member. The jury will confirm finalists for presentation to the Civita Institute Board of Directors, which will then ratify the jury selections.

The Board reserves the right to not offer awards should no suitable proposals be submitted; or to modify the awards offered as they see fit. Determinations regarding exact dates, length of stay and accommodations will be made by the Board of Directors, based on funds and availability. Decisions of the Board are final.