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Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Fellowship for African Studies in Italy 2021-2022

Good news! Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Fellowship for African Studies is currently open. Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and the German Historical Institute in Rome (Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom) provide a combined residential fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. With this program, I Tatti and the DHI Rom pursue to stimulate and fund amplified scholarship on cultural exchange with and within the African continent throughout the period c. 1250-1750 by creating and upholding opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, predominantly between scholars from African regions and those working in European and North American institutions. Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Fellowship for African Studies 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.

Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Fellowship for African Studies Fellows will use five months (September 1, 2021 – January 30, 2022) in Rome at the DHI and five months (February 1 – June 30, 2022) in Florence at I Tatti. The program is designed for intellectuals in fields connected to the study of pre-colonial and colonial African history c. 1250-1750, with art history, the history of expressive cultures, musicology, economic history, intellectual, political, and religious history, and literature and languages. Predilection will be given to advanced research works that address the relationship between the African continent and the Mediterranean world throughout the early modern period, largely understood historically to include the period from the 14th through the 17th centuries. 

Aim and Benefits of Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Fellowship for African Studies

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

Eligibility for I Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Research Fellowship Qualification

  1. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are welcomed.
  2. Special consideration will be given to scholars from the African continent.
  3. Candidates must hold 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. Candidates must be confident in English, Italian, German, or French, and proficient in an additional one of these languages.
  5. Every successful applicant must be approved by both institutions. It must be possible for Fellows to accomplish most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident.
  6. The Fellow will be expected to carry out original research on the topic for which they have been awarded their fellowship. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous association with the two institutes.

How to Apply for Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Fellowship for African Studies

Applications must be composed in English and must be submitted electronically by midnight (Cambridge, MA time) on November 16, 2020. Intellectuals can apply to only one type of fellowship at I Tatti per academic year.

Candidates must have two scholars who know their work well submit recommendations online by November 20, 2020. These recommendations must be written in English. So as to give your referees adequate time to submit letters of recommendation, click the reference tab and register them as early as possible. Referees will get an email detailing how to access the system and submit their letters electronically. It is the candidates’ responsibility to inform the scholars writing on their behalf of the nature of the project and the closing date for submission.

Interested and qualified? See I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) on itatti.slideroom.com to apply for Tatti/DHI Rom Joint Fellowship for African Studies.

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