2014 NIAUSI Fellowships

Information and Applicant Qualifications

The NIAUSI Fellowships offer residency in the Italian hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio for active design and arts professionals practicing in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and the province of British Columbia. Applicants for the Astra Zarina Two Month Fellowship must have completed seven years of work in their field and must plan to return to the Pacific Northwest upon completion of the Fellowship. Applicants for the One Month Fellowship must have completed a minimum of two years of work in their field. Board members of NIAUSI and their families are not eligible.

An integral part of NIAUSI's mission is to promote public discussion of issues related to the built environment. To that end, the following requirements are required of all NIAUSI Fellows:

- Prior to departure, meet with the NIAUSI Board to discuss the proposed project and attend an orientation session.

- Upon return, make a presentation to the Board, reporting on the experience and the project.

- Participate in at least one NIAUSI sponsored public presentation in Seattle.

- In conjunction with the public presentation, prepare an article suitable for publication, organize an exhibition, or provide other publicly accessible documentation as appropriate to the project.

- Contribute a brief written summary along with digital images or other materials representative of the Fellow's work for permanent inclusion in the NIAUSI archives.

- NIAUSI strongly urges Fellows to study the Italian language prior to departure.

Program Location, Accommodation, and Funding

The Astra Zarina Fellowship is a two month fellowship which covers the costs of restricted coach-class airfare for one person (up to $1250), a $1,500 stipend, and lodging for two months at the Civita Institute. Recipients of the One Month Fellowship will receive lodging for one month at the Civita Institute, but will be responsible for their own financial support, including travel to and from Civita. All Fellowships awarded must be completed at a mutually agreeable time during calendar year 2014. No extensions will be granted. Teams of up to two members may apply, however note that airfare for the Two Month Fellowship will be reimbursed for one person only. 

Accommodations are in autonomous apartments within the Civita Institute compound.  Each dwelling is suitable for one person, though it may be possible to accommodate spouses/partners/family members by prior arrangement at additional cost.  Note that summers can be quite hot and the dwellings are not air conditioned.  

Fellows will have access to a comprehensive library of materials related to Civita and other Italian hill towns, as well as general material on architecture and urbanism.

Civita di Bagnoregio is located on a promontory, accessible only by a pedestrian bridge, 2 km by foot or public minibus from the town of Bagnoregio. While some services (restaurants, etc.) are available in Civita, grocery stores, post office, bank, public transportation, and other services are readily available in Bagnoregio. It should be noted that there are no handicap accessible facilities available in Civita.

The facilities of the Civita Institute were generously donated to NIAUSI by the late professor Astra Zarina and Tony Costa Heywood. Professor Zarina directed and taught the University of Washington's Architecture in Rome Program from 1979 to 1999 and the Italian Hilltown Program from 1975 to 2002. Tony Costa Heywood is an architect and resident of the Civita Institute.

Application Requirements

The NIAUSI Fellowship provides an opportunity for the recipient to undertake a project related to current or anticipated professional work. An applicant's proposed project should:

- Respond to NIAUSI's philosophy and mission

- Focus on aspects of the built environment

- Show relevance to design issues in the Pacific Northwest

- Submit application online or by mail

- Provide one Letter of Reference and contact information for two additional references

- Provide 10 images, a link to a video, or a CD or DVD with samples of your work

Evaluation of Proposals

Proposals will be evaluated by an independent jury, consisting of four Northwest design or arts professionals not affiliated with NIAUSI and one NIAUSI Board member. The jury will select finalists for presentation to the NIAUSI Board, which will then choose the Fellows. The Board expressly reserves the right to not offer awards should no suitable proposals be submitted. Determinations regarding exact dates, length of stay and accommodations will be made by the NIAUSI Board based on funds and availability. The decision of the Board is final. The following criteria will be used in the selection process:

- Focus of research and proposed methodology

- Relationship of project to issues of design and the built environment specific to the Pacific Northwest and/or Civita di Bagnoregio

- Proposed methods of presenting and sharing work upon returnRealistic scope and time line

- Relevance of applicant's current or previous work and potential for professional development

- Education and professional experience

- Research/publication experience

For the One Month Fellowships, the jury will take into account the relative experience of the applicant(s) and adjust their criteria accordingly. It is the intention of the One Month program to encourage applicants of varying experience levels; therefore, more weight will be given to the relationship of the applicant's proposal to professional goals.

NIAUSI maintains a website at www.niausi.com. For additional information please contact us at fellowships@niausi.com or telephone Herschel Parnes at (206) 728-0602.

Application Period for 2014 Fellowships
August, 2013 through December 6, 2013

Applications Due (online or postmarked)
December 6, 2013

Application Fee
$45.00 check payable to NIAUSI, postmarked no later than December 6, 2013

Mailing Address
NIAUSI, 1326 Fifth Ave. Suite 654, Seattle, WA 98101

A basic membership in NIAUSI for the calendar year 2014 is included with payment of the application fee. Please contact us if you are not on our email list or to recommend others to be added to our list.  We thank you for your interest in our programs. 

For those applicants who wish to apply by hard copy, PDF and Word versions of the application may be downloaded here. Hard copy applicants must follow the format provided.

Applicants will be notified of awards in January 2014



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