The Marlène and Paolo Fresco Fellowship is a six-month residential fellowship for the spring term of 2025 (January-June) designed to stimulate and support increased scholarship on cultural exchanges between the African continent and the Mediterranean world during the period c. 1250-1750.

Marlène and Paolo Fresco
Marlène and Paolo Fresco

The fellowship is aimed at postdoctoral scholars in fields related to the study of African history, including art history, archeology, the history of expressive cultures, musicology, economic history, intellectual, political, and religious history, as well as literature and languages.

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Preference will be given to advanced research projects that address the relationship between the African continent and Italy during the early modern period, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th through the 17th centuries.


– At the time of application, scholars must have a PhD in hand and must not be working on a second PhD.

– Applicants must be fluent in either English, Italian, or French.

– Successful applicants will have a solid background in African history and its global exchanges in the early modern world.

– Candidates offered the fellowship will spend a six-month term in Florence at I Tatti with access to local and regional resources, carrying out original research on the awarded fellowship topic.


– The grant is USD 5,200 per month, plus a one-time supplement (maximum USD 1,500) towards relocation expenses.

– Fellows must live in the Florence area, spending at least three days a week at the Center. Housing options are available.

– The fellow is responsible for obtaining a visa, permesso di soggiorno, and health coverage.

Application Process

– Applications must be written in English or Italian and must be submitted electronically by midnight (Cambridge, MA time) on February 29, 2024.

– Applicants must have two scholars who know their work well submit recommendations online by March 4, 2024.

– Recommendations must be written in English, French, or Italian.

Applicants can apply to only one type of fellowship at I Tatti per academic year. The responsibility lies with the applicant to inform scholars writing recommendations of the project’s nature and submission deadline.

Deadline: February 29, 2024