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The RSA–Kress Centro Vittore Branca Fellowship

The RSA–Kress Centro Vittore Branca Fellowship, in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, supports a one-month residence at the Centro Vittore Branca on the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore for the purpose of Art History research in Venice.

Location: Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy.

Length: 1 month.

Stipend: $3,000 (for a researcher traveling from within Continental Europe or the UK) or $4,000 (for a researcher traveling from outside of Europe).

Discipline: Art history.

Career Level: Open to scholars at all career levels (Non-Doctoral, Junior Scholar, and Senior Scholar). Read more about RSA’s career level definitions.

Collection description: The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice holds several primary and secondary sources of particular interest to the Renaissance Studies scholarly community: with its research institutes, devoted respectively to art history, history of Venice, theatre, literature and opera, music, ethnomusicology, Antonio Vivaldi’s music, the Fondazione libraries feature early printed books, as well as drawings, etchings, sketches, monographic editions on Renaissance artists and architecture.

The Fondazione libraries hold more than 2000 early printed books, among which several illuminated incunabula and cinquecentine printed in Venice, featuring works by Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Holy Bibles, along with peculiar volumes pertaining to popular culture.

In addition to that, the Archive of the History of the Venetian State contains a microfilm library of over 2 million slides reproducing material on the Venetian Republic kept in non-Venetian archives, but also collections of Italian and international books and periodicals on the history and culture of territories influenced by Venetian culture. It thus provides opportunities for detailed, multifaceted studies on the role played by Venice in European diplomacy.

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The Libraries

The Photo Libraries

The Collections

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  • Please note that all applicants must be members of the Renaissance Society of America at the time of application and during the award year.
  • Applicants may apply for up to two RSA Residential Fellowships per year. Indicate the residential fellowships for which you wish to apply, and explain in your application how the selected collections will facilitate your research. In the event you do not win a Residential Fellowship, your application will be automatically considered for any Non-Residential Fellowship for which you qualify. Full list of RSA fellowships.

Application components

  • Project description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Collection description

General guidelines for residential fellowships

  1. The research proposal must be relevant to specific library collections and should indicate primary collection resources that are relevant to it.
  2. The fellowship must be used for full-time onsite research during the period of residency at the specific library, working on its collection.
  3. The residency must begin on or after 1 July of the year awarded and end on or before 30 June of the following year, and may not be subdivided into more than one continuous period of residency at the library.
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