2021 Harvard University I Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Fellowship for African Studies

Deadline: November 16, 2020.

I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and the German Historical Institute in Rome (Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom) offer a joint residential fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. With this fellowship, I Tatti and the DHI Rom seek to stimulate and support increased scholarship on cultural exchange with and within the African continent during the period c. 1250-1750 by creating and promoting opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, particularly between scholars from African regions and those working in European and North American institutions. The fellowship offers post-doctoral scholars working on African studies (or topics that closely consider Africa) a ten-month position to conduct historical research in Italy supported by two institutes with dynamic academic communities.


1. They welcome applications from scholars of all nationalities. S

2. pecial consideration will be given to scholars from the African continent.

3. Applicants must have their PhD certificate in hand by the time they apply and will be asked to upload a scan of it when submitting their application. (If the certificate is not in English, please include a translation.)

4. Applicants must be fluent in English, Italian, German, or French, and proficient in an additional one of these languages.

5. Each successful candidate must be approved by both institutions.

6. It must be possible for Fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident.

7. The Fellow will be expected to carry out original research on the topic for which they have been awarded their fellowship.

8. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous association with the two institutes.


  • Fellows will spend five months at the DHI Rom (September 2021 – January 2022).
  • Fellows are required to spend their research period in Rome except for research-related trips, and to participate in and contribute to the activities of the DHI Rom.
  • The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with another fellowship or award.
  • The Fellow is responsible for obtaining health coverage with an Accident and Health insurance policy.
  • The Fellow is responsible for obtaining a visa, permesso di soggiorno, and health coverage (and, if appropriate, for accompanying family members). The Fellow must determine if a visa is required and, if necessary, obtain one before travel.
  • The Fellow must determine if a visa is required and, if necessary, obtain one before travel.
  • Fellows are given a space to work within the DHI for the duration of their stay.
  • Fellows enjoy the use of the DHI library, archive, and collections.
  • The stipend is Euro 2,500 per month, plus a monthly supplement of Euro 1,000 to offset rental costs.



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