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Fellowships 2018-19, Center for Italian Modern Art

The Center for Italian Modern Art awards a number of Fellowships each year to support the study of Italian modern and contemporary art by scholars at the master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral level. Citizens of all nationalities are eligible to apply. The intention of the program is to bring together emerging scholars from diverse academic backgrounds in an interactive and collaborative environment at CIMA’s New York location. While fellows may pursue their own research and study, they will also work on a “study topic” related to CIMA’s annual installation, lead guided visits of the exhibition, and participate in CIMA’s programming and other activities.

To facilitate these fellowships, CIMA collaborates with The Graduate Center, City University of New York and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy. Professors from each institution sit on the Selection Committee that chooses the fellows. Individuals awarded CIMA fellowships are welcomed into the community of scholars at these universities, afforded library and other privileges, and are able to present a paper or colloquium on their research.

- the CIMA NY Fellowships, held in conjunction with the 2018-19 Marino Marini season
- the CIMA Travel Fellowships, open to non-Italians seeking to conduct research in Italy, primarily for a PhD or book project
- the CIMA-Civitella Fellowship, a six-week residency in Italy open to art historians who are at a writing stage in their project

Fellowship Duration: Candidates for a CIMA Fellowship may request a semester length fellowship period (four to six months) or an academic year (nine to ten months); CIMA will determine whether full-year fellowships can be allocated. The semesters run from early September to early March (Fall), and early January to early July (Spring). Fellows may come from the disciplines of art history, Italian studies, and other fields in the humanities.

Stipend and Benefits: Fellowship stipends vary in range, based on need and length of term, and typically include a living allowance of about $3,000 per month. Tuition reimbursement will be included for those enrolled in degree programs at accredited universities; health insurance coverage will also be reimbursed, as will travel costs to and from CIMA. CIMA fellows’ tax liability to the U.S. government will be determined in accordance with the tax regulations of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Resources: Fellows will be provided with a desk at CIMA, as well as access to a telephone, printer, and photocopier. They will be accorded visiting scholar privileges at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and may apply to receive privileges at New York City research libraries through the MARLI program.

Responsibilities: Fellows are expected to be present in New York during the term of their fellowship and to participate in the intellectual life and programming of CIMA, though a small research budget to support short research trips to archives elsewhere in the United States will be made available. Fellowship responsibilities include but are not limited to leading CIMA’s public tours (which occur twice a day on Fridays and Saturdays) as well as private guided visits for school groups and special constituents (on average once a week) through the run of the exhibition; these duties are shared evenly among the fellows. Fellows interact with a wide variety of publics, sharing their research in many different ways, including through guided looking. For this reason, CIMA is seeking candidates who have the ability to express themselves clearly in English. If their residency falls in the first-half of the season, CIMA fellows will be present for the installation of the exhibition and will collaborate on writing a biographical essay for the catalogue, due shortly after the show opens to the public.


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