I Tatti offers Fellows the precious time they need to pursue their studies with a minimum of obligations and interruptions together with a maximum of scholarly resources—a combination that distinguishes the Harvard Center from similar institutions. In order to foster a collaborative spirit, Fellows are expected to live in the Florence area and to spend at least three days a week at the center. Lunch and tea are served each weekday, and the I Tatti community takes shape over these convivial occasions. Rather than present a traditional paper at the end of the year, Fellows give informal presentations in the fall. This provides an opportunity to explore problems and questions and receive valuable feedback from other members of the community during the extended discussion period. Each year, a limited number of activities organized at I Tatti are reserved for the Fellows, and they join the wider community at conferences, lectures, and concerts.
I Tatti Fellowships
Fifteen I Tatti Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available annually for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.).
A limited number of Mellon Fellowships, each for periods ranging from three to six months, are available each academic year for advanced research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. This Fellowship is designed to reach out to Italian Renaissance scholars from areas that have been under-represented at I Tatti especially those living and working in Asia, Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, the Mediterranean basin (except Italy and France), and Arabic speaking nations.
Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowships
A limited number of Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowships, each for three months, are available each academic year for advanced research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. The Fellowship is designed for scholars who do not have the benefit of sabbatical leave. This group includes curators, administrators, and conservators, as well as scholars who, having the primary responsibility of caring for young children, do not have easy access to major research libraries and research.
David and Julie Tobey Visiting Fellowship
One David and Julie Tobey Fellowship is awarded annually to support research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance, and especially the role that these works played in the creative process, the history of taste and collecting, and questions of connoisseurship.
I Tatti-RCAC Joint Fellowship
Villa I Tatti and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. Scholars will spend a semester at each institution to carry out research on interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or the Ottoman Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Subjects covered include art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science.
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) offers a small number of Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars engaged in long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year (normally nine months) of residence at any one of the national residential research centers participating in the program, including I Tatti.
Each fall and spring semester, one or two Graduate Fellowships are available for Harvard PhD students. The primary goal is to allow students working on their dissertation or selecting their topics to read widely in Renaissance sources and secondary literature.