Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship

Burkhardt Fellowship

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) offers the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship 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 -- including I Tatti -- that participates in the program.


ACLS will award up to 10 Burkhardt Fellowships for residency at these centers in the 2016-17 competition year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $95,000, plus funds for research costs and related scholarly activities of up to $7,500 and for relocation up to $3,000. For further information, please visit the ACLS website.

Applicants for the Burkhardt Fellowship who are interested in using it at the Harvard University Center in Florence should apply directly to the ACLS.  Eligibility is the same as for the regular I Tatti Fellowship competition with two differences: 1) Burkhardt Fellowships are reserved for scholars whose tenured contracts began between the autumn semester (or quarter ) of 2012 and September 2016.  2) Burkhardt applicants may hold a PhD or Doctorate obtained before 2006.

Please note that while the ACLS allows Burkhardt nominees to take up their fellowship in any one of the next three academic years, I Tatti only considers applications from Burkhardt candidates who would assume their residential fellowship in the year immediately following their application.

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, we actively discourage people from commuting and expect our Fellows to reside in the vicinity. Fellows are expected 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. 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.