Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, in Florence) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) now are accepting applications for a joint one-year fellowship for scholars of the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or Ottoman empire, c. 1300-1700 CE. Research may be in any area, including art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science. The I Tatti – RCAC Joint Fellowship will be awarded at one of two levels: one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates who are writing their PhD dissertation; or one senior fellowship for candidates who have received a PhD within a decade of the year of application (1 January 2003 to 31 December 2012, inclusive). The stipend is USD 4,000 per month for senior Fellows, and USD 3000 for junior Fellows, plus a one-time supplement (maximum, USD 1,500) towards relocation expenses. When possible, a one-bedroom apartment will be set aside for the Fellow’s use, rent free, but with charges for utilities. If an apartment is not available, USD 1000 per month will be offered to help offset rental costs.
Candidates must be conversant in English and have at least a reading knowledge of Italian, and should possess a solid background in Italian Renaissance and Byzantine or Ottoman Studies. Fellows may not take on any other obligations such as teaching positions, even part-time ones, during any part of their fellowship tenure.Fellows will spend one term at VIT and one term at RCAC; successful candidates can express a preference for spending the Fall semester in Florence or Istanbul. Applications are due by 15 December 2013; for application materials, and further information on the Fellows program, please visit the Villa i Tatti website.