Grants

THE LILA WALLACE – READER’S DIGEST SPECIAL PROJECT GRANT provides support for interdisciplinary projects in the Italian Renaissance, such as a conference, workshop, or seminar.

  • The event must be organized by at least one former appointee and take place in a geographic area that has been under-represented at I Tatti. This could be anywhere in Asia, Latin America, or the Mediterranean basin (except Italy and France), or in European, Australian, or North American centers of education that rarely host Italian Renaissance events.
  • The maximum grant is $20,000 to an institution, or $5,000 to one or more individual organizers. This grant cannot be combined with other funding provided by I Tatti. Please note that this grant must be disbursed to the individual who made the application, or to an institution named by that individual.
  • Applicants must have had an I Tatti appointment within 10 years of the application deadline. Thus, for applications made by November 1, 2017, Tattiani must have begun their appointment by September 2007.
  • Recipients are chosen by a committee of senior Renaissance Scholars, plus the Director as chair.
  • Applications should include:
    • a brief project description
    • a budget
    • a short list of publications and completed projects since the I Tatti appointment
  • Applications must be sent to the Director care of Susan Bates via email, preferably in the form of a PDF.
  • The deadline for applications is November 1 each year.

THE LILA WALLACE – READER’S DIGEST PUBLICATIONS SUBSIDY provides grants each year for forthcoming scholarly books on the Italian Renaissance.
  • Priority will be given to monographic studies by one or two authors, but applications can be made for edited collections of essays by several authors.
  • Priority will be given to books based on research carried out when applicant was an I Tatti appointee.
  • Applicants must have had an I Tatti appointment within 10 years of the application deadline. Thus, for applications made by November 1, 2017, Tattiani must have begun their appointment by September 2007.
  • Grants can be made to the publisher, to cover some but not all production costs, or to the applicant, to reimburse expenses, e.g. for photographs and reproduction rights.
  • Most grants are of about $5,000, but the subsidy for major, expensive books can go as high as $8,000. In all cases, the grant will only be released when the book is published, and after all invoices or receipts are presented to I Tatti.  Please note that repeat grants are very rare. This grant cannot be combined with other funding provided by I Tatti.
  • Recipients are chosen by a committee of senior Renaissance Scholars, plus the Director at chair.
  • Applications should include:
    • a short cover letter, specifying the amount requested (in US dollars)
    • a short description of the book
    • a table of contents
    • a short CV
    • a letter from the publisher. The publisher must confirm receipt and acceptance of the complete manuscript, and indicate the projected print run and printing date
    • the prospectus sent to the publisher
    • the reader reports received from the publisher (if applicable)
    • a breakdown of total production costs for grants made to publishers or an itemized list of expenses for grants made to individuals
  • Click here for a list of books that have received this subsidy. 
  • Applications must be sent to the Director care of Susan Bates via email, preferably in the form of a PDF.
  • The deadline is November 1 each year.

 

THE LILA WALLACE – READER’S DIGEST LECTURE PROGRAM provides grants to support seminars and conference sessions dedicated to any aspect of the Italian Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th  to the 17th century and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures. 

  • Grants are intended to encourage the presence of the Renaissance at sites where it is less visible.
  • Preference will be given to events that present an innovative approach to the Italian Renaissance, ask new questions, or explore new facets of the period. Preference will also be given to a session related to the Italian Renaissance that is held at a discipline-specific annual conference, e.g. one devoted to the history of art, architecture, history, literature, music, or science.
  • All Harvard-appointed Fellows (full year and short term, including graduate fellows) are eligible to apply for this competitive grant. Applicants must be a participant in or organizer of the proposed event. Applications can be made after the fellowship period begins, and within one year after the fellowship period ends. The sponsored event must take place within 12 months after the fellowship period is completed, and cannot take place while the applicant is still a Fellow. (In other words, the relevant deadlines will be June 1, 2017, 1 Nov. 2017 and 1 June 2018; the event itself must take place between 1 July 2017— July 2018.) Fellows can submit only one application, for one event.
  • The maximum grant is a $3000 per event.  Funds can only be used for transportation, room, board, and conference dues (if applicable) for organizers, presenters, and discussants at the event. The grant will disbursed in the form of reimbursements, after the event. This grant cannot be combined with other funding provided by I Tatti. Please note that this grant must be disbursed to the individual who made the application.
  • Fellows must send the Director a short proposal of the projected event, including a) full name, b) Fellowship name starting date, and ending date c) date of proposed event, d) location of proposed event, e) abstract of proposed event, f) estimated cost, g) names of participants. Please send to this address: sbates@itatti.harvard.edu.
  • Fellows must ensure that “the Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund at Villa I Tatti” is clearly indicated in any publicity associated with the event.
  • A concise report (ca. 300 words) about the event, together with a copy of the program, and receipts for reimbursement, must be submitted to Amanda Smith [amanda_smith@harvard.edu].
  • The deadlines are November 1 and June 1 each year.