Marlène and Paolo Fresco Fellowship for African Studies 2024-2025 (Monthly Grant of USD $5,200) | Apply Now!

“The Marlène and Paolo Fresco Fellowship aims to encourage and provide support for expanded research and academic study concerning cultural interactions between the African continent and the Mediterranean region from approximately 1250 to 1750. This six-month residential fellowship is scheduled for the spring term of 2025 (January-June).

Marlène and Paolo Fresco Fellowship for African Studies 2024-2025
Marlène and Paolo Fresco Fellowship for African Studies 2024-2025

The fellowship is specifically tailored for postdoctoral scholars specializing in fields relevant to African history, such as art history, archaeology, expressive cultures, musicology, economic history, intellectual history, political history, religious history, and literature and languages. Preference will be given to advanced research projects focusing on the connection between the African continent and Italy during the early modern period, encompassing the 14th to 17th centuries.


  • The fellowship provides a monthly grant of USD 5,200, which is generously funded by Paolo Fresco, along with a one-time supplement of up to USD 1,500 for relocation expenses.
  • As the fellowship requires residency, fellows are required to live in the Florence area and dedicate at least three days per week to activities at the Center. In instances where possible, an apartment will be reserved for the fellow’s use at no cost, but utility charges apply. If an apartment is unavailable, a housing subsidy will be offered to assist with rental expenses.
  • The fellow is responsible for securing a visa, permesso di soggiorno (residence permit), and health coverage, and in some cases, for accompanying family members. It is the fellow’s responsibility to determine if a visa is necessary and, if required, to obtain one before travelling.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Scholars applying for this opportunity must have obtained a PhD and must provide a scanned copy of their certificate. It is important to note that they should not be pursuing a second PhD.
  • Applicants are required to have proficiency in English, Italian, or French.
  • Successful candidates will have a strong understanding of African history and its global interactions during the early modern era.
  • Fellowship recipients will spend six months in Florence at I Tatti, with access to various local and regional resources including libraries, photographic collections, archives, museums, and other collections. Their responsibility will be to conduct original research on the specific topic for which they have been awarded the fellowship.
  • This fellowship can only be held once and cannot be deferred. It is specifically designed for scholars who have not previously held positions at I Tatti, except for Graduate Fellows.

Application Process

  • The applications should be written in English or Italian and submitted electronically by midnight on February 29, 2024 (Cambridge, MA time). Each scholar can only apply for one type of fellowship at I Tatti per academic year.
  • Applicants are required to have two scholars who are familiar with their work submit recommendations online by March 4, 2024. These recommendations should be written in either English, French, or Italian. To ensure that your referees have sufficient time to submit letters of recommendation. It is recommended to register them early by clicking the reference tab. The referees will be sent an email with instructions. On how to log in to the system and submit their letters digitally. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform the scholars writing on their behalf of the project’s nature and the submission deadline.
  • To submit your application please click here.

Visit the official website of Marlène and Paolo Fresco Fellowship for African Studies.

Application Deadline

February 29, 2024.



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