Instructions for Applicants

The Civita Institute is currently accepting applications for the Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship.

The Instructions for the 2018 Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship are below. You may submit your application online through the link under APPLY NOW or via e-mail by using the template provided under DOWNLOAD HARD COPIES.

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The Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship (DFDF) 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 Fund 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.

Read more about the fellowship's mission on the Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship website:

Fellowships are open to architects, planners, designers, artists, writers and other arts professionals practicing in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and the province of British Columbia. 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.

Fellowships must be completed during a mutually agreeable time in the 2018 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. For this reason we have created the Fellowship seasons as a loose framework for scheduling the fellowship stays. NOTE: Since this is the first year for the Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship and the application period is out of cycle with our usual application period, we will be open to looking into 2019 for potential fellowship timeframes in order to accommodate schedules and space availability. When applying, please be open to some flexibility with the timing of your fellowship. We will do our best to work with your proposal's needs.

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.

Available Resources on site at the Civita Institute properties:

Fellowship 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 urban planning.

Sample Inventories



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 Civita di Bagnoregio

  • Demonstrate fit with the fellowship's diversity mission

  • Submit application online or by e-mail

  • Provide contact information for three references.

  • Provide work samples as appropriate to your submittal

  • Present the research at the Annual Fundraising event in Fall, 2019.

  • 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)

Work sample requirements:


You will need to provide samples of your work. If applying online, you can do this by uploading up to 10 images, providing a link to a video, or uploading a file of other non-visual work samples. If applying by e-mail, you may attach up to 10 images, provide a link to a video in the body of your e-mail, or attach a file of other non-visual work samples. The guidelines for different types of work samples are outlined below. These guidelines apply whether you are applying online or by e-mail.

For images:

  • JPG format only

  • 1920 pixels on longest side

  • 72 dpi

  • Less than 2MB per image

  • Images need to be uploaded in the correct order if submitting online

  • Number and name your images in the following format: samplenumber_lastname.jpg (example: 1_smith.jpg).

For video or audio:

  • URL link needs to be accessible without password

  • 2 minutes maximum length

For written work:

  • PDF under 5 MB

  • Written work may have images embedded within the text

For each work sample you will need to provide the following information:

  • Sample number (this should match the number in the file name)

  • Title

  • Media (if applicable)

  • Date

  • Dimensions (as if applicable)

  • Any other information relevant to understanding the work sample


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

  • Applicant's fit with the fellowship's diversity mission

  • Experience and goals

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 PayPal for your application to be considered valid. You can pay the application fee in two ways:

  • If applying online, you can pay through the payment link provided in the SUBMIT section of the Fellowships Application.

  • If applying through e-mail or if you want to pay the fee ahead of completing your application, you can pay through the link provided on the right. Keep a record of your receipt number as you will need to include it in the body of your e-mail or in the SUBMIT section of the online application depending on which method for applying you choose.

A basic membership in CIVITA INSTITUTE for the calendar year 2018 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.




FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS may apply through the online application or they may submit an application via e-mail to For those submitting by e-mail, the application template is available as Word and PDF documents. E-mailed applications must follow the format provided. Online application and templates can be accessed through the links provided on the right.