Instructions For Applicants
INFORMATION FOR 2016 FELLOWSHIP AND RESIDENCY APPLICANTS
2016 FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS are due on October 31, 2015 and will be reviewed by a jury.
RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS may be submitted anytime and are reviewed by the Board of the Civita Institute.
PROJECT REQUIREMENTS FOR FELLOWSHIPS
An applicant's proposed project should:
- Respond to CIVITA INSTITUTE's philosophy and mission (please see our website for further information: civitainstitute.org)
- Focus on aspects of the built environment
- Show relevance to the Pacific Northwest and/or Civita di Bagnoregio
FELLOWSHIP APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS
- Fill out and submit application online or by mail
- Provide one letter of recommendation and contact information for two additional references
- Provide 10 images of prior work in a link to a video, or on a CD or DVD
- Prior to departure, meet with the CIVITA INSTITUTE 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 CIVITA INSTITUTE 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 written summary along with digital images or other materials representative of the applicant's work for permanent inclusion in the CIVITA INSTITUTE archives.
- CIVITA INSTITUTE strongly urges applicants to study the Italian language prior to departure.
EVALUATION OF FELLOWSHIP PROPOSALS
Fellowship proposals will be evaluated by an independent jury consisting of four Northwest design or arts professionals not affiliated with CIVITA INSTITUTE and one CIVITA INSTITUTE Board member. The jury will select finalists for presentation to the CIVITA INSTITUTE 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 CIVITA INSTITUTE Board, based on funds and availability. The decision of the Board is final.
The following criteria will be used by the jury in the fellowship 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 return
- Realistic scope and time line
- Relevance of applicant's current or previous work and potential for professional development
- Education, professional experience, and goals
RESIDENCY PROJECT REQUIREMENTS
- The purpose of the Residency Program is to provide interested applicants the opportunity to work on a project of their choosing in the unique setting provided by the Civita Institute. The primary requirement is that the proposed project be consistent with the Civita Institute's philosophy and mission. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
RESIDENCY APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION
- Residency proposals will be evaluated by the Board of CIVITA INSTITUTE. 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 CIVITA INSTITUTE Board in consultation with the applicant. The decision of the Board is final. Upon completion of their Residency, Residents are requested to contribute a written summary along with digital images or other materials representative of the applicant's work in Civita for permanent inclusion in the CIVITA INSTITUTE archives. There are no geographic restrictions for prospective Residency Applicants.
LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATION FOR FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
Fellows receive free accommodation at the Civita Institute's apartments in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. Fellowships must be completed during a mutually agreeable time in the calendar year for which the Fellowships are awarded. No extensions will be granted. Teams of up to two members may apply, however note that airfare awarded for the Astra Zarina Fellowship will be reimbursed for one person only.
Residents will be charged $1200 per month for accommodation and the use of the CI's facilities. Residencies are not restricted to a specific calendar year. The minimum Residency period is 3 weeks, though the Institute encourages longer stays. As with Fellowships, all stays will be at a mutually agreeable time.
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 and at additional cost. Note that summers can be quite hot and the dwellings are not air-conditioned.
Fellowship and Residency applicants 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 in the Upper Lazio region of Italy, approximately 20 km from Orvieto. Civita is accessible only by a pedestrian bridge which is 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 the CIVITA INSTITUTE 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.
Fellowship Application Period for 2016:
08-31-2015 through 10-31-2015
Deadline (On-line or postmarked by mail):
Pay with PayPal or send check payable to CIVITA INSTITUTE, postmarked by 10-31-2015
Residency Application Period for 2016:
Open year around
Pay with PayPal or send check payable to CIVITA INSTITUTE
USA Mailing Address:
CIVITA INSTITUTE, 1326 Fifth Ave. Suite 654, Seattle, WA 98101. USA
A basic membership in CIVITA INSTITUTE for the calendar year 2016 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.
FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS may apply through the online application by registering below or they may submit hard copy applications. For hard copy applications, a Word form and a PDF version are also available by clicking below. Hard copy applications must follow the format provided.
RESIDENCY APPLICANTS are encouraged to use the online application or hard copy applications provided. However, use of these formats is not required. If the application materials are not used, the applicant should provide the board with a CV, a full description of the proposal along with specific time frame requested, and a statement of how their stay in Civita will further the Institute's mission.