Fellowships

SID AND RUTH LAPIDUS CURATORIAL POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Thanks to the generous gift from Sid and Ruth Lapidus, the Medici Archive Project (MAP) is offering a thirteen-month curatorial post-doctoral fellowship (1 September 2022 – 1 October 2023) to work closely with Dr. Pier Gabriele Mancuso (Director of the Jewish History Program at MAP) on the organization, research, and curation of the exhibition tentatively entitled “The Medici and the Jews” which is scheduled to open in September 2023 at Palazzo Pitti. The ideal candidate will assist Dr. Mancuso in a broad range of curatorial activities, including: selection, authentication, and display of objects; researching and preparing interpretive materials for the exhibition; editing and contributing to the exhibition catalog and ancillary publications; drafting and producing correspondence, loan forms, manuscripts, wall labels; liaison with museum registrars and staff.

Qualifications:

PhD in Art History or Museum Studies (with a specialization in early modern Italy or in early modern Italian Jewish Studies)

Proficiency in Italian required

Excellent organizational and communication skills; ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team

Please apply online with a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to be sent at education@medici.org with the heading CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP.  Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting 4 July 2022 and continuing until the position is filled.

The term of this fellowship is 1 September 2022 to 1 October 2023. In addition to US $ 47,500 compensation, a small travel budget has also been allocated.

Shortly after having reviewed initial applications, successful candidates will be notified to submit two letters of recommendation.

FOUR EVA SCHLER FELLOWSHIPS AT MAP – 2022-2023

Thanks to the generous gift from Joan A. McClure and Michael L. Schler, in honor of Michael’s late mother Eva Schler, the Medici Archive Project is offering four short-term fellowships for graduate and pre-doctoral students of any nationality working on any field related to early modern Italy (preferably with a specific emphasis on Tuscany or Medici history).

This scholarly residence will be of considerable benefit in helping students to gain the necessary skills, experience and confidence to continue independent academic research in their academic specialization. While undertaking research on primary sources in Florence, fellows will benefit from the supervision of the MAP Staff as well as from academics drawn from a variety of disciplines, who are experts in archival research, paleography, and digital humanities.

Each fellowship will last for an uninterrupted period of three months,

taking place at any point between 1 September 2022 and 23 December 2022 (FALL SEMESTER) and 1 January 2023 and 20 July 2023 (SPRING SEMESTER).

There is no application form for this fellowship. Instead, suitable candidates are invited to send via email to education@medici.org, the following documents in a collated PDF by 1 August 2022:

1) A cover letter in English, stating the proposed dates which the fellow will be in residence at MAP’s headquarters at Palazzo Alberti.

2) A short essay (no more than two pages) on how the candidate’s topic will benefit from archival research.

3) A curriculum vitae.

4) The name and email address of a scholar in the field, preferably the candidate’s supervisor, who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications and the merits of the research proposal (please do not include letters of recommendation with the application).

The fellowships are open to candidates from any nationalities.

The fellowship stipend is US $6,000.

To apply for these fellowships, the following material should be sent electronically to education@medici.org with the heading EVA SCHLER FELLOWSHIP 2022

Please do not include supplementary material (publications, papers, syllabi, etc.).

All materials must be submitted in English. For further information, contact education@medici.org.

Although MAP is actively engaged with the digitalization of this vitally significant (yet still only minimally explored) archival collection, we strongly believe in the critical value of direct access to original documents. Most importantly, MAP understands the necessity to open its scholarship and resources to a wider audience. It is for this reason that we provide pre-doctoral and graduate students from diverse disciplines – the next generation of scholars – with the opportunity to have exposure to original source materials. Size, texture, context and the relation of objects on recto and verso of a folio are all elements that are lost through digitization, but that can potentially impact our understanding and interpretation of documents and their content. For this reason, MAP provides fellowships for graduate and pre- doctoral students to join MAP for a set period of time to undertake specialized research on-site at the Archivio di Stato in Florence.

Since 2013, the Medici Archive Project has supported graduate fellows working at the archive. With the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust and the Eva Schler Fund, MAP has assisted doctoral students at every stage of their research: from constructing an interesting and relevant research trajectory in the archives, taking advantage of under-used collections, to seeking out documents to plug holes in a dissertation nearing completion.

Time at the Medici Archive Project offices at the Archivio di Stato offers Fellows various opportunities for professional developments. Of particular note is the potential for establishing important contacts in their fields of interest. Fellows will have numerous opportunities to meet and work with the many international senior scholars who gravitate around MAP.

Fellows have ample time to conduct research for their dissertations and benefit from the supervision of MAP Staff, all of whom are experts in archives, paleography and digital humanities. Our team currently comprises art, military, social and medical historians, all conversant in inter-disciplinary approaches. MAP Staff, with decades of experience assisting graduate students, guide Fellows, not only in their exploration of the Medici Grand Ducal Archives, but also provide them with instruction for using many other archival collections housed in the Archivio di Stato and elsewhere in Florence. In recent years, MAP has supported and promoted the research of graduate fellows through their inclusion in MAP-sponsored panels at international conferences such as the Renaissance Society of America and the Sixteenth Century Society Conference.

With this aim in mind, MAP offers short-term fellowships of around three months to eligible students who demonstrate a need and enthusiasm to engage with archival material in their research. Longer-term fellowships are available as non-stipendiary junior research fellowships.

These calls tend to be made over the winter, with fellowships offered for the spring/summer and fall/winter of the following year.