Instructions for Applicants

The Civita Institute is currently accepting applications for all fellowships.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE  January 15, 2020 at 10:59 PM PT.


Proposed projects should:

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

  • Demonstrate fit with the unique criteria of the fellowship(s) for which you are applying

  • Provide a project abstract and proposal

  • Provide contact information for three references.

  • Provide work samples as appropriate to your submittal and a statement of their relevance to the proposal

Fellows are expected to:

  • Present the fellowship work at a Civita Institute hosted event.

  • Provide a short written description of the fellowship and a digital summary or highlight of the work done within 30 days of completion of the fellowship.

  • Provide full digital documentation of the fellowship work in a digital medium best suited to the project as well as an analog representation of the work, as appropriate, to be included in The Civita Institute's archive in Civita di Bagnoregio within 6 months of completion of the fellowship.



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 confirm  finalists for presentation to the CIVITA INSTITUTE Board of Directors, which will then ratify the jury selections. 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:

  • Relevance of the project to the Civita Institute mission
  • Focus of research
  • Feasibility of research methodology
  • Final form of the project
  • Realistic scope and timeline
  • Relevance of applicant's current or previous work and experience
  • Applicant's fit with the fellowship's unique requirements
  • Potential for the fellowship experience to impact the applicant's professional trajectory

Due to the number of high quality applications we receive each year, we can offer Fellowships only to a limited number of qualified applicants. However, our Residency program is open all year and provides a great opportunity to pursue your project during a time of your choosing.




You will need to submit a non-refundable application fee of $45 via the CaFE platform as part of the application process.

A basic membership in CIVITA INSTITUTE for the calendar year 2020 is included with payment of the application fee.


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. Read more about the available accommodations.

Civita di Bagnoregio is located on a promontory in the Upper Lazio region of Italy, approximately 20 km (12.5 Miles) from Orvieto. Civita is accessible only by a pedestrian bridge by foot. While some services (restaurants, etc.) are available in Civita, grocery stores, post office, bank, public transportation, and other services are readily available in Bagnoregio, 2 km (1.3 Miles) by foot/car. It should be noted that there are no handicap accessible facilities available in Civita.

Many Civita and Bagnoregio locals do not speak English so the fellowship experience will strongly benefit from language and cultural experience prior to arriving on site. Below are some recommended resources available here in Seattle.


While Civita di Bagnoregio has some magical qualities that make it easy to get lost in its beauty, romance, and history, it is still a real, active city that is part of a municipal network in Italy that has many layers of complex political, cultural, and historic frameworks that define how the town operates. One notable element to consider is the extraordinary number of tourists that move through Civita di Bagnoregio daily and the toll this has been taking on the life and infrastructure of the small hilltown. Please consider how this might affect your proposed research. You are welcome to either work within the existing cultural and political bounds of Civita and the region or to question them and take a more provocative line within your research. However, either approach should come from a position of knowledge and self-education. For this purpose, we have provided some resources below to get you started on your background research. Feel free to seek other resources beyond what we have collected here.