One Rome Fellowship is offered annually to allow an individual the unique opportunity to undertake three months of dedicated research and work on a topic of British-Italian art history whilst being based at the British School at Rome.

The award is open to scholars, researchers, curators and other GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) professionals from immediately post-doctoral to those internationally recognised in their field of expertise.

The Paul Mellon Centre particularly welcomes applications from those who are under-represented within the academic field of the humanities in the UK.


The three-month full-time Rome Fellowship based at the British School at Rome is designed to:

  • Facilitate original and exciting new scholarship or research in a British-Italian art-historical topic of any period from the medieval era to the contemporary

  • Recent Rome Fellow projects have included:
    Vernon Lee and Psychological Aesthetics
    Reproducing Classical Idioms of Power and Culture in Film
    Oscar Rejlander and British art photography in Rome
    Architecture and Urbanism between Italy and Rome
    John Henry Parker’s Historical Photographs of Rome
    Gothic Revival atop the Heirlooms of Antiquity: Villa Mills and the Palatine Hill, c.1818–1926

The British School at Rome

Established in 1901, the British School at Rome (BSR) is the largest British International Research Institute (BIRI). Situated in the Valle Giulia, on the site of the grand 1911 British Pavilion, it is in close proximity to a number of other international academies and next door to the Italian National Gallery of Modern Art.

The school hosts some thirty-five individuals at any one time, from academics and fine artists who have won awards to spend an extended period in Rome, to researchers making specific trips to use the rich library and archives of the BSR, as well as the combined resources of Italian and international organisations based in Rome.

The BSR Library is a specialist reference resource, with an open-shelf collection consisting of c.110,000 volumes (books and periodicals) and 600 current periodicals. The library subscribes to many Italian periodicals that are not widely available in the UK. The BSR also has a rich collection of maps and rare prints, as well as a photographic archive that contains over 100,000 items (prints and negatives of rare and unique collections, including calotypes, glass negatives, nitrate and acetate negatives, early photographic prints, 35mm film, postcards, slides and lantern slides), covering many subjects including Italian and North African archaeology and topography, ancient Greek and Roman art, in particular sculpture, and European medieval and Renaissance art and architecture.

There is a big sense of community at the BSR, with fellows and residents encouraged to take part in the vibrant life at the BSR, from communal dining to workshops and events.

"In addition to the extensive academic benefits, these were equalled by the extraordinary intellectual, creative, and supporting environment of the BSR" - Tommaso Zerbi, Rome Fellow 2021


The Rome Fellowship provides residential accommodation and meals at the British School at Rome for three months (as well as benefits such as Italian language lessons and assistance in gaining access to resources not normally open to the public).

For applicants employed by an organisation, institution, or university there will also be an honorarium of £3,000 and up to £8,000 towards replacement staff costs, if required.

For independent scholars there will be an honorarium of £7,000.

The Centre does not pay full economic costs.

If a fellow accepts full-time employment during the period of the Rome Fellowship, the Centre will request an appropriate reimbursement of the award.


This fellowship is designed for an individual to work on a British-Italian art-historical topic of any period from the medieval era onwards.

Applications are welcome from scholars, researchers, curators, archivists and GLAM professionals from immediately post-doctoral to those internationally recognised in their field of expertise. Applicants must have been awarded their doctorate by the closing date for applications.

Applications are open to individuals from any country, and must be either competent in the Italian language or have a willingness to engage with it.

The Rome Fellowship must be taken during one of the following three periods: late September to late December; January to March; April to June. Exact dates will be agreed with the British School at Rome. The fellowship cannot be deferred to a later academic year nor can it run concurrently with a fellowship awarded by another institution.

For further questions on eligibility please contact the Fellowships & Grants Manager.


The next round of Rome Fellowships will be Spring 2023, applications will open in November 2023.

To apply for a Rome Fellowship you must use our online system at Once registered you will be able to fill out the online application form (example of which can be downloaded below) and provide the details of two referees. The option to provide the referee details will be available once the application is submitted. We will thencontact the nominated referee with details on how they submit their reference which must be completed through our online system and must be no more than 500 words.

The referees should have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s academic career and the subject area for which funding is being sought. Advisory Council would like to be informed of the originality of the subject matter and the applicant’s suitability to pursue such research.

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Within six months of completion of the Rome Fellowship the Fellow must submit a final written report which will be circulated to the British School at Rome