Grants

All former I Tatti Appointees can apply for two kinds of grants from the Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund: the Special Project Grant, for interdisciplinary projects, and the Publications Subsidy, for scholarly books.

The Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Special Project Grant provides support for interdisciplinary projects in the Italian Renaissance, such as a conference, course, seminar, or lecture. 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. Recipients are chosen by a committee of senior Renaissance Scholars, plus the Director acting as chair. Applicants should prepare a brief project description, a budget, and a short list of publications and completed projects since the I Tatti appointment; this must be sent to the Director at sbates@itatti.harvard.edu. The deadline for applications is 1 November each year.

The Lila  Wallace – Reader’s Digest Publications Subsidy provides grants each year for scholarly books on the Italian Renaissance.  Applications can be made for monographic studies by one or two authors, or edited collections of essays by several authors; those based on research carried out at I Tatti are especially welcome. 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. Applications should include i) a short description of the book; ii) a table of contents; iii)  a short c.v.; and iv) 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. Applications must also include a breakdown of total production costs, for grants made to publishers, or an itemized list of expenses, for grants made to individuals. 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. Most grants are ca. $5,000, but the subsidy for major, expensive books can go as high as $8,000. Please note that repeat grants are very rare.  Applicants should prepare a brief project description, a budget, and a short list of publications and completed projects since the I Tatti appointment; this must be sent to the Director at sbates@itatti.harvard.edu. The deadline for applications is 1 November each year. By the end of the year, applicants will be informed about the decision made by a committee of senior Renaissance scholars, including the Director as chair. Click here for a list of books that have received this subsidy.