The 2022 Fellowship Application period is now closed.

WE ARE STILL APPLICATIONS THRU APRIL 1, 2022 FOR OUR 2022 CREATIVE RETREATS. Please visit this page for complete information and How to Apply.

Founded in 1981, the Mission, Vision, and founding principles of the Civita Institute are to:

  • Inspire and foster an interdisciplinary understanding of the unique qualities of Italian hill towns that remain pertinent to our contemporary experience through the promotion of historic preservation, education and scholarly research, artistic creation, cultural exchange, and professional explorations. (Mission)
  • Inspiring creative excellence, education, and cultural exchange through exploration of the unique qualities of Italian hilltowns. (Vision)
  • Explore the principles that architecture and preservation, environmental stewardship, agricultural heritage, and cultural exchange are all linked, and that Civita and other hill towns of Italy provide a unique setting to experience these connections. 
    (Founding Principles)

Located 75 miles north of Rome, the historic Civita Institute facilities provide a unique basecamp for program participants to explore dozens of significant hill towns, cities and cultural sites between Rome and Florence. Situated in the ancient hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio, facilities of the Civita Institute are nestled into the pedestrian-only, historic town that is accessed via foot bridge. The town is well-known for its surrounding natural beauty, its intact historical and architectural splendor, its central piazza, historic church, geological museum, and local shops. The Civita Institute provides a small studio workspace, an excellent architectural library, and private residential accommodations with small kitchens (we do not offer commercial lodging) plus a large, breath-taking garden and smaller communal courtyard spaces.

We encourage you to review project samples from our past Fellows:
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The Application Period is now Closed

Contact email: fellowships@civitainstitute.org 

The Civita Institute 2022 Fellowships are open to architects, planners, designers, artists, writers, and other professionals residing within the United States. The ability to communicate effectively in English is required and a basic knowledge of Italian is encouraged. The Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recipients to undertake a project of their own choosing and that is relevant to current or anticipated professional work or research, in which exemplar results may be obtained from this highly unique setting, far from routine obligations. It is required that projects resonate with the Mission, Vision, and founding principles of the Civita Institute. 
Fellowships will be scheduled around the idea of “seasons” to cluster creative minds together, generating greater opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange, and strengthening a sense of community. Seasons may be comprised of Fellows and Creative Retreatants. The following seasons are available for 30-day fellowship stays:

  • July 12–September 10, 2022
  • February 1–March 31, 2023

The Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship
The Civita Institute Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship intends to award one fellowship in 2022 to an applicant who self-identifies as an under-represented group. The award includes a one-month stay at the facilities of the Civita Institute and a stipend in the amount of $2,000.00, payable in two disbursements. Applicants must have three years of experience in their field and meet the Civita Institute criteria for fellowship selection. It is required that proposals resonate with the Mission, Vision, and founding principles of the Civita Institute. Read more about the Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship.

Partners in Design Climate Action Fellowship
The Civita Institute Partners in Design Climate Action Fellowship is a sponsored fellowship that intends to award one fellowship in 2022 to an applicant who will explore Climate Action through architecture, landscape, art, photography, activism, storytelling, or research. The award includes a one-month stay at the facilities of the Civita Institute and a stipend in the amount of $1,750.00, payable in two disbursements. Applicants must have three years of experience in their field and meet the Civita Institute criteria for fellowship selection. It is required that proposals resonate with the Mission, Vision, and founding principles of the Civita Institute. Read more about the Partners in Design Climate Action Fellowship.

Civita Institute Diversity, Equity, and Community Fellowship
The Civita Institute is offering a new fellowship for under-represented communities in 2022. This year, the Civita Institute Diversity, Equity, and Community Fellowship is intended for professionals in the Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities with any level of experience in their field, including professional academic programs and apprenticeships. The award includes a one-month stay at the facilities of the Civita Institute and a stipend in the amount of $1,750.00, payable in two disbursements. It is required that proposals resonate with the Mission, Vision, and founding principles of the Civita Institute. Read more about the Civita Institute's Diversity, Equity and Community Statement of Purpose here.

Fellows must be able to attend the full one-month program. Fellows are expected to reside at the facilities of the Civita Institute for their entire 30-day Fellowship period unless the approved Fellowship project stipulates that overnight travel elsewhere is necessary for completion of the project. Family members, partners, or pets cannot be accommodated unless the Fellowship proposal clarifies that their presence is required for completion of the project. Visitors are limited to a two-night stay that must be pre-arranged per Civita Institute Visitor Conditions and paid for in advance.

Applicants will be asked to indicate in which season(s) they are available to participate. Each Fellow will be housed in one of three, Renaissance-era, tufo stone houses with a restored kitchen, bath,bedroom,and workspace at the Civita Institute's historic properties and grounds in Civita di Bagnoregio,Italy. Read more here about the facilities of the Civita Institute.

Each Fellow will receive a stipend to be disbursed in two installments: 50% will be provided one month prior to the scheduled stay and the remaining 50% will be disbursed after anticipated deliverables are received by the Civita Institute (see the ‘Fellowship Deliverables’ section below).


  • $0.00 for current members of the Civita Institute at the time of the application’s due date—2/15/22
  • $45.00 for non-members of the Civita Institute. Fee is non-refundable and includes a one-year membership in the Civita Institute which enables Fellows to stay in the facilities of the Civita Institute upon award of a Fellowship.

All 2022 Fellowships awarded are to be completed either in the July 12–September 10, 2022 season or the February 1–March 31, 2023 season. Fellowships may be postponed only by prior Civita Institute Board of Director approval and only under extraordinary circumstances, but in any event must be completed within two years after notice of the award, or the Fellowship offer will be rescinded. The membership benefits of your application fee will be extended, at no cost to you, to cover the allowable timeframe for your Fellowship.

Fellowship applications will be assessed for their compatibility with and illumination of the Mission, Vision, and founding principles of the Civita Institute. Fellowship proposals will be evaluated by an independent jury consisting of three to five professionals or persons with relevant expertise, who are not affiliated with the Civita Institute, and two members from the Civita Board of Directors moderated by a non-voting director of the Board. The jury will decide upon finalists for presentation to the Board of Directors which hasthe responsibility to ratify finalists and award fellowships. The decision of the Board shall be final.

The following criteria will be used by the jury in the fellowship selection process:

  • Relevance of the fellowship proposal to the Civita Institute Mission, Vision, and/ or foundational principles
  • Applicant’s fit with the fellowship’s unique requirements
  • Abstract of the fellowship proposal
  • Feasibility of proposed methodology
  • Final form of the fellowship proposal
  • Demonstrated ability to complete the fellowship proposal within a realistic timeframe
  • Relevance of the applicant’s experience
  • Authenticity and strength of the Statements of Support
  • Potential for the fellowship experience to beneficially impact the applicant’s professional trajectory or stated goals


  • Satisfy the originally approved fellowship proposal or have your new proposal approved by the Board of Directors prior to activation.
  • Provide a short-written description and a digital image of your fellowship project within thirty days of your fellowship stay in Civita
  • Provide documentation of your fellowship project in a digital medium best suited to the Civita Institute within 3 months of your stay
  • Provide the deliverable(s) as noted in your application for the Archive and Collections of the Civita Institute within 3 months of your stay
  • Present your fellowship project at a Civita Institute hosted event, either in person or via virtual media within 2 years of your stay
  • Presentation of fellowship projects to the local community prior to departure is optional but encouraged.
  • Completion of all deliverables will activate the final fellowship disbursement
  • The Civita Institute shall be clearly credited as the sponsor of the Fellowship in any display, exhibit, or publication (whether online, in print, physical exhibit, or otherwise) that includes all or part of the product(s) of the Fellowship.
  • The Civita Institute shall be permitted to publish all or part of the product(s) of the Fellowship in its nonprofit communications, marketing, publications, and events (live or otherwise), giving credit to the Fellow who originated the work, but without the necessity of obtaining additional permissions.