What is a Bogliasco Fellowship?

Approximately 60 Fellowships - or residencies - are awarded to artists and scholars in the various disciplines of the Arts and Humanities (Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Public Humanities, Theater, and Visual Arts) per year. Although the Fellowship is not a cash prize, Fellows are provided with living quarters, a work space, and full board for a month at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy. The Bogliasco Foundation does not offer training or courses.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Public Humanities, Theater, and Visual Arts - without regard to nationality, age, race, gender, or religion. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.

Can students apply?

Students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the application are not eligible.

How long is a residency?

Residencies at the Bogliasco Study Center last 31 or 32 days and are scheduled during the two semesters of the academic year: Fall (mid-September to the third week of December) and Spring (Early January to the third week of May).

Does the Foundation offer any Fellowships from June to August?

Bogliasco's core program runs from early September to late May and therefore does not operate during the summer months. In late May and June, the Bogliasco Center remains open for a 3-4 week Visiting Artist and Scholar Program, to which only Bogliasco alumni can apply, and for mission-related conferences and workshops. The exact dates and terms for these programs are updated and published each year in September.

What is the cost of a residency?

There are no residency fees.

What does the Fellowship cover?

Bogliasco Fellowships cover room and board but do not provide a travel or living stipend. The cost of transportation to and from the Study Center is the responsibility of Fellows or their accompanying spouses/partners. So are all other personal expenses incurred during the Fellowship period, including medical expenses and the purchase of project-related supplies or equipment.

Is financial aid available?

The Bogliasco Foundation does not provide any funding, grants or Scholarships. The Foundation does offer a limited number of Special Fellowships that often include a travel stipend. For more information about these opportunities, please visit our Special Fellowships section.

If awarded a Fellowship, can I defer my residency?

The Foundation does not allow Fellows to defer their residencies. If an applicant were to be awarded a Fellowship and had to turn it down at the last minute, he or she would need to re-apply to be considered for another semester.

Do you accept collaborations?

The Bogliasco Foundation does accommodate collaborative Fellowships (no more than two persons). Separate applications are required for each of the applicants, even if they may present the same project description and the same reference letters. Please note that Fellows working on a collaborative project may have to share the same bedroom and workspace at the Study Center.

Is my spouse allowed to accompany me during my residency?

Subject to the Study Center's availability and if requested in the application, Bogliasco Fellows may be accompanied by their spouses/partners during their stay. Spouses/partners will be charged a daily fee of $35 to help defray the cost of meals. Spouses/partners who intend to pursue a project in one of the disciplines, and who wish to be designated as Bogliasco Fellows, must submit separate and complete applications.

Am I allowed to bring my child or another family member to the Study Center?

The Study Center cannot accommodate children - even if they are young adults - or any family members other than spouses/partners.

Are there any medical facilities close to the Study Center?

The San Martino Hospital, which is a modern facility with state-of-the-art emergency care, is 15-20 minutes by car from the Study Center.


Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a $30 application fee.

When are the application deadlines?

December 1st (11:59pm ET) is the application deadline for residencies scheduled for the subsequent fall, and March 14th (11:59pm ET) is the application deadline for residencies scheduled for the subsequent spring.

When can I apply?

Online application pages re-open each year in the fall, for the following academic year.

Can I apply after the deadline has passed?

No, if you miss an application deadline, you must wait until the next application period to apply.

How many times may I apply?

There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can apply for a Bogliasco Fellowship. However, previous recipients of a Bogliasco Fellowship must wait five years before reapplying. For example,
Bogliasco Fellows who were in residence during the fall 2019 semester are eligible to reapply for fall 2024. When equally ranked, applicants who have never received a Bogliasco Fellowship tend to be given preference over previous Bogliasco Fellows. In making their decision, the selection committees also look at whether the alumni applicant has fulfilled all previous residency requirements.

How do I apply?

The Foundation only accepts applications submitted through the online application system, which can be accessed on the Applicant Registration page. We cannot, therefore, consider any material sent by mail or email.

What does the application include?

The online application has five pages and consists of the application form, two reference letters (which have to be received by the deadline along with the application), a curriculum vitae (three pages maximum), a one-page description in English of the project that the applicant would pursue during her/his stay at the Study Center, and three work samples of the applicant’s work that has been published, performed, exhibited, or otherwise publicly presented during the last five years. For specific information on any of the above, please click the [Instructions] buttons at the bottom of the application pages.

My work falls into more than one discipline; can I apply in more than one?

You may apply in only one discipline. You should choose the discipline that is best related to the project you would pursue at the Study Center.

What is the difference between Visual Arts and Visual Arts Scholarship, and between Literature and Literature Scholarship? Which discipline should I choose on my application?

During the application process, one should select Visual Arts as a discipline if one intends to create artwork in any media. On the other hand, one should select Visual Arts Scholarship if one intends to study existing artwork. The same applies for Literature versus Literature Scholarship. For any project that involves the production of new creative writing, (whether fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.), one should select Literature; for projects that concern themselves with the study of existing works of Literature, then one should choose Literature Scholarship, even if the end result of the project is a piece of writing on the subject. Applicants intending to do works of translation usually apply in Literature.

My project will be the translation of a famous poet. Am I eligible to apply, and if so, in which discipline should I apply?

Applicants working on translation projects are eligible to apply and should choose either the Literature or the Literature Scholarship disciplines, depending upon the nature of the work to be translated: literary work is eligible for Literature and scholarly work is eligible for Literature Scholarship. If you have any doubts regarding which discipline seems most appropriate for your project, please contact our office at [email protected].

Whom should I ask to write my recommendation letters?

Referees may be working in any field. What is important to the Bogliasco Foundation is that the referees know your work and, ideally, also know you as a person. The professional standing of your referees will also play an important role in the evaluation of your application. All of the letters should contain a critical appraisal of your scholarly or artistic work. In addition, they should be written by people who know you personally and are able to give an assessment of your ability to participate productively in an intimate, international, multi-lingual community of scholars and artists.

How should my referees send their letters to the Foundation?

Our online system allows referees to upload their letters directly to the website of the Foundation through a unique link that we send them via email. Applicants should carefully read the instructions on page 3 of the online application, and make sure that they enter the correct contact information for each referee before submitting the information. Once they have done so, the system will automatically send an email with detailed instructions to each submitted referee. Applicants are responsible for following up with their referees to ensure timely submission. Both referees and applicants will receive an email confirming the Foundation’s receipt of a reference letter.

May the reference letters be written in a language other than English?

While we accept reference letters in Italian, French, and Spanish, we recommend that your referees write them in English.

I have applied before. Can I use the letters of reference on file from my previous application in my new application?

Yes, you may use the same reference letters, as long as they were written within five years prior to the date of re-application. For more information, please refer to the instructions provided in the application form. To inquire about the status of your reference letters, please contact the offices of the Bogliasco Foundation.

Do you have any restrictions on project content?

The Bogliasco Foundation does not impose any restrictions on project content. All applications are treated equally. A project having to do with Italian literature, for example, does not have priority over a project in American literature.

When will I be notified of the results of my application, and how?

Applicants are notified of the results by email around March 1st for the subsequent fall residencies, and around June 14th for the subsequent spring residencies.

I have applied before and was not offered a residency. Could you please provide some feedback on my application?

We are unfortunately unable to provide individual feedback to applicants. However, applicants should know that every submission round has a different selection committee and that previous submissions have no effect on any current applications.