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The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (AAR) honors exceptional curatorial vision and helps curators advance deserving projects in any field or genre. The rich content of libraries and archives in Rome are a portal to conducting work on myriad Italian topics from all arts disciplines and time periods. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide essential funding for curators to develop projects that require research in Italy. Only one curator is awarded per year.

While the AAR is the physical base for the month, the project may be on any subject or focused on any field of study. It is not limited to research of Rome-focused scholarship only, meaning the research need not be Rome-specific. Day trips or an occasional over-night trip to other cities are permissible given the proximity of so many places to Rome by train: Florence, Milan, Naples, etc., as well as smaller places that might have artworks or documents key to a specific project.


The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship is a 4-week appointment at the AAR, which includes housing with a private bath, six lunches and five dinners per week, and access to residence hall kitchens. It also includes $1,500 in funding for airfare; and a $2,000 stipend. 

Affiliated Fellows have access to all AAR facilities (including 24-hour a day / 7-days a week access to the library and overall grounds), and all activities that occur at the Academy, such as concerts, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, and tours, etc. If desired, the Fellow may also schedule to give a talk about their project at the AAR during the Fellowship. 

The curator and their institution (if applicable) that are awarded the Affiliated Fellowship agree to: 

  • Acknowledge the Fellowship’s support in publicity materials and news releases related to the project;
  • Submit a final written report to AAMC within 3 to 5 weeks of Fellowship summarizing the goals, activities, expenses, and results of the support; and 
  • Complete any other materials required by AAMC Foundation or AAR.


  • Applicants do not need to be AAMC members at the time that they submit an application but they must be eligible for membership and become a member should they be selected as an Affiliated Fellow. As such, all applicants must be art curators at non-profit organizations, with direct responsibility for works of art. In addition, curators and others that work a minimum of 50% of the time for/with non-profit organizations will be considered. Please note that curators working in four wall collecting and non-collecting, community based, and non-four wall organizations, at any location in the globe are eligible. (If you have concerns about this, please contact the AAMC offices and visit our website to review criteria for membership.) Only curators can be awarded the Fellowship.
  • Research may be exhibition-related or for written scholarly work, but should not be in conjunction with completing a dissertation.
  • Any field of research is permissible, as long as it is clear that research done physically in Italy is required, and that being in Rome will advance the project.
  • Applicants are required to list preferred period of residency, indicating a first and second choice, that falls between Fall 2019 - Spring 2020.
  • Priority will be given to those working without access to funds to support research travel.


Applications for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome open on Tuesday, December 4, 2019 and the final deadline for submitting and application is 12pm ET on Thursday, January 24, 2018. 

Please ensure you fill out all of the required questions below, which are indicated with a red asterisk. No additional materials will be accepted or reviewed in consideration of this Fellowship. Please do not send catalogues or volumes of press materials. An incomplete or late submission will result in the application not being reviewed by the jurors. There are no exceptions to this rule. 


Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. In the ever-changing visual art community, AAMC & AAMC Foundation are the voice for all art curators working in the non-profit sector—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional affiliation type.  We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues are actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.  For more information, visit artcurators.org.


The mission of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). The Kress Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.


Founded in 1894, the American Academy in Rome is a leading international center for independent studies and advanced research in the arts and humanities. Each year, following a national juried competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately 30 Americans working in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, and Modern Italian Studies, and Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Literature, Musical Composition, and Visual Arts. The annual application deadline for the Rome Prize is November 1. To learn more, please visit: www.aarome.org.