The Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence offer a joint residential fellowship for the 2020‑2021 academic year. Scholars will spend the fall term (September - December) in Istanbul and the spring term (January - June) in Florence. The fellowship will focus on the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). This collaboration aims to foster the development of research on Late Byzantine-Italian relations by supporting early-career scholars whose work explores Byzantium’s cross-cultural contacts in the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean world through the study of art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, or science.
The Villa I Tatti – Boğaziçi University Joint Fellowship is offered to candidates who have received a PhD in or after 2009. Candidates must have their PhD in hand by the time they apply and will be asked to upload a scan of it when submitting their application. Candidates must be conversant in English and have at least a reading knowledge of Italian. They must have a solid background in Byzantine and/or Italian Renaissance Studies. Each successful candidate must be approved by both the Byzantine Studies Research Center and Villa I Tatti and will spend the fall term (September-December) at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and the spring term (January-June) at Villa I Tatti in Florence. During both terms, it must be possible for Fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous association with Villa I Tatti or the Byzantine Studies Research Center. Renewals, repeats, or deferments of this Fellowship are not granted.
Terms and details relating to the Boğaziçi University Byzantine Studies Research Center
Terms and details relating to Villa I Tatti
Applications must be written in English and submitted electronically by midnight (Cambridge, MA time) on November 15, 2019.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must have two scholars who know their work well submit recommendations online by November 20, 2019. These recommendations can be written in English or Italian. In order to give your referees adequate time to submit letters of recommendation, click the reference tab and register them as early as possible. Referees will receive an email explaining how to access the system and submit their letters electronically. It is the applicants’ responsibility to inform the scholars writing on their behalf of the nature of the project and the deadline for submission.
To apply, click https://itatti.slideroom.com/#/login/program/49244.