Instructions for Applicants

The Application periods for the 2017 Civita Fellowship, Astra Zarina Fellowship and Dennis Tate Memorial Fellowship are now closed. 
The Application period for the 2017 University of Washington Rome Center Alumni Fellowship will be announced by mid-2017.

Residency Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the Civita Institute Board of Directors.



For 2017, the Civita Institute will offer the following fellowships:

  • The Astra Zarina Fellowship, of two-months duration, $1250 for travel expenses, and a $1500 stipend.

  • The Dennis Tate Memorial Fellowship, of one-month duration, and a $750 stipend.

  • The Civita Fellowship, of one-month duration, and a $750 stipend.

A fourth fellowship, the University of Washington Rome Center Alumni Fellowship, will be offered through a separate process with the application period to be announced.

All fellows receive free accommodation at the Civita Institute's apartments in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy.

Fellowships must be completed during a mutually agreeable time in the 2017 calendar year for which the Fellowships are awarded. No extensions will be granted. In the past, we have found that fellows benefit from overlapping their stays with those of other fellows. We also recommend engaging the local community. Please bear in mind that tourist traffic in Civita di Bagnoregio is high during the summer months.

Up to two persons may apply for a single fellowship; however, please note that the travel expenses and stipends offered will not be increased accordingly.



Proposed projects should:

  • Respond to the CIVITA INSTITUTE's philosophy and mission (please see our website for further information:

  • Show relevance to the Pacific Northwest and/or Civita di Bagnoregio FELLOWSHIP APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

  • Applications may be submitted online or by mail

  • Submit one letter of recommendation, and provide contact information for two additional references.

  • Provide 10 images of prior work in a link to a video, or on a CD or DVD

  • For successful applicants, prior to departure, attend an orientation session with the CIVITA INSTITUTE Board of Directors’ Fellowship Committee

  • Upon return, make a presentation to the CIVITA INSTITUTE Board of Directors, reporting on the experience and the project

  • Participate in at least one CIVITA INSTITUTE sponsored public presentation in Seattle.

  • Contribute a written summary along with digital images or other materials representative of the applicant's work for permanent inclusion in the CIVITA INSTITUTE archives (including its website component)

  • CIVITA INSTITUTE strongly urges applicants to study the Italian language prior to departure.



Fellowship proposals will be evaluated by an independent jury consisting of four Northwest design or arts professionals not affiliated with CIVITA INSTITUTE and one CIVITA INSTITUTE Board member. The jury will select finalists for presentation to the CIVITA INSTITUTE Board of Directors, which will then choose the Fellows. The Board expressly reserves the right to not offer awards should no suitable proposals be submitted. Determinations regarding exact dates, length of stay and accommodations will be made by the CIVITA INSTITUTE Board of Directors, based on funds and availability. Decisions of the Board are final.

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

  • Focus of research and proposed methodology

  • Relationship of project to issues of design and the built environment specific to the Pacific Northwest and/or Civita di Bagnoregio

  • Proposed methods of presenting and sharing work upon return

  • Realistic scope and time line

  • Relevance of applicant's current or previous work and potential for professional development

  • Education, professional experience, and goals



Application Fee: $45.00. Applicants may pay with PayPal through the CIVITA INSTITUTE website, or send check payable to CIVITA INSTITUTE, postmarked by January 15, 2017.

A basic membership in CIVITA INSTITUTE for the calendar year 2017 is included with payment of the application fee. The application fee is waived for those applicants purchasing tickets to our annual fundraising event being held this year on November 18, 2016 – just submit your ticket receipt (or a scanned image) with your application. Please contact us if you are not on our email list or to recommend others to be added to our list. We thank you for your interest in our programs.




The purpose of the Residency Program is to provide interested applicants the opportunity to work on a project of their choosing in the unique setting provided by the Civita Institute. The primary requirement is that the proposed project be consistent with the Civita Institute's philosophy and mission. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.


Residency proposals will be evaluated by the Board of CIVITA INSTITUTE. The Board expressly reserves the right to not offer awards should no suitable proposals be submitted. Determinations regarding exact dates, length of stay and accommodations, will be made by the CIVITA INSTITUTE Board in consultation with the applicant. The decision of the Board is final. Upon completion of their Residency, Residents are requested to contribute a written summary along with digital images or other materials representative of the applicant's work in Civita for permanent inclusion in the CIVITA INSTITUTE archives. There are no geographic restrictions for prospective Residency Applicants.

Residents are self-supported and will be charged $1200 per month for accommodation and the use of the CI's facilities. Residencies are not restricted to a specific calendar year. The minimum Residency period is 3 weeks, though the Institute encourages longer stays. As with Fellowships, all stays will be at a mutually agreeable time.

RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS (see below for application instructions) Open year around



Accommodations are in autonomous apartments within the CIVITA INSTITUTE compound. Each dwelling is suitable for one person, though it may be possible to accommodate spouses/partners/family members by prior arrangement and at additional cost. Note that summers can be quite hot and the dwellings are not air-conditioned.

Fellowship and Residency applicants will have access to a comprehensive library of materials related to Civita and other Italian hill towns, as well as general material on architecture and urbanism.

Civita di Bagnoregio is located on a promontory in the Upper Lazio region of Italy, approximately 20 km from Orvieto. Civita is accessible only by a pedestrian bridge which is 2 km by foot or public minibus from the town of Bagnoregio. While some services (restaurants, etc.) are available in Civita, grocery stores, post office, bank, public transportation, and other services are readily available in Bagnoregio. It should be noted that there are no handicap accessible facilities available in Civita.

The facilities of the CIVITA INSTITUTE were generously donated to the CIVITA INSTITUTE by the late professor Astra Zarina and Tony Costa Heywood. Professor Zarina directed and taught the University of Washington's Architecture in Rome Program from 1979 to 1999 and the Italian Hilltown Program from 1975 to 2002. Tony Costa Heywood is an architect and resident of the CIVITA INSTITUTE.




Telephone: Fellowship/Residency Chair: Ross Whitehead, Fellowship Committee chair, 206-498-9960

USA Mailing Address: CIVITA INSTITUTE, 1326 Fifth Avenue, Suite 654, Seattle, WA 98101. USA



FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS may apply through the online application by registering below or they may submit hard copy applications. For hard copy applications, a fillable Word form and a PDF version are also available by clicking below. Hard copy applications must follow the format provided.

RESIDENCY APPLICANTS are encouraged to use the online application or hard copy applications provided. However, use of these formats is not required. If the application materials are not used, the applicant should provide the board with a CV, a full description of the proposal along with specific time frame requested, and a statement of how their stay in Civita will further the Institute's mission.



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