The application cycle for the 2020 Fellowship Program is now closed. Please check back in September 2020 for information on the next application period.
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 professionals practicing in all fifty states. 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 fellowship program is structured around "seasons" as a way to cluster fellows and residents together to develop a cohort in order to create greater opportunities for creative exchange and to strengthen fellows' sense of community. The seasons for this applications round are as follows:
1. Summer/Fall 2020: mid-July through mid-September
2. Winter/Spring 2021: February through mid-April
Please note that we have restructured our two flagship fellowships in order to better align with the Civita Institute's vision and goals.
The Astra Zarina Early Career 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. The fellowship is designed for an individual with less than seven years of professional experience, including professional academic programs and apprenticeships, in recognition of the impact this unique experience can have on someone at the beginning of their professional development. It includes lodging for one month at the Civita Institute facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio and a $2000 stipend.
The Civita Institute Advanced Career Fellowship
The Civita Institute Advanced Career Fellowship is intended for professionals with more than seven years of experience in their field, including professional academic programs and apprenticeships. This fellowship recognizes that sometimes professionals farther along in their development need moments to deepen their work, make a shift in it, or bring a new perspective to it. It provides more time at our facilities in order to allow for the necessary exploration. This fellowship includes lodging for two months at the Civita Institute facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio and a $2000 stipend.
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 Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship will provide a stipend in the amount of $2,000.00 to one Fellow each year. In addition to the fellowship stipend, lodging for one month at the Civita Institute facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio is included. Applicants must have 3 years of work in their field and meet The Civita Institute criteria for fellowship selection. Read more about the Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship.
NEW!!! Partners in Design Climate Action Fellowship
The Partners in Design Climate Action Fellowship provides sponsorship of a thirty day Civita Institute fellowship for an applicant who is interested in exploring a project in climate action, be it through architecture, landscape, art, photography, activism, storytelling, or research. This fellowship will provide a stipend in the amount of $2,000.00 to one Climate Action Fellow each year. In addition to the fellowship stipend, lodging for one month at the Civita Institute facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio is included. Applicants must have 3 years of work in their field and meet The Civita Institute criteria for fellowship selection. Read more about the Partners in Design Climate Action Fellowship.
All stipends will be disbursed on a schedule that will be determined by The Civita Institute Board with parts of the funds being released to recepients at different times.
Evaluation of Proposals
Fellowship proposals will be evaluated by an independent jury consisting of four Northwest 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.
Expectations of Fellows
The Civita Institute Board recognizes that each Fellow's project will take different form and want to celebrate the diversity of work by showcasing it on our website as well as adding it as a reference and resource to our archive. Within 30 days of completion of their fellowship, fellows are expected to provide a short written description of their fellowship and a digital summary or highlight of the work done as part of the fellowship. Within 6 months of completion of their fellowship, fellows are expected to provide full digital documentation of their fellowship work in a digital medium best suited to the project as well as an analog representation of their work, as appropriate, to be included in The Civita Institute's archive in Civita di Bagnoregio.