The Medici Archive Project invites applications for an eleven-month fellowship (September 2021-July 2022) entirely devoted to research on fifteen- and sixteenth-century book history, with specific focus on Florence. Part of the fellowship tenure will be devoted to the creation of a catalog of incunabula and cinquecentine housed in a private collection, many of which will be featured in an upcoming international exhibition. The ideal candidate should have a PhD or equivalent in early modern Italian history; substantial research experience with original documentary material from Florentine archives and libraries; an ability to work with early modern printed texts; and fluency in English and Italian (a knowledge of other languages is desirable).

The stipend is $45,000 plus a small allowance for travel expenses. This fellowship is offered to scholars of any nationality.

To apply please send the following application materials to education@medici.org, with the heading MEDICI ARCHIVE PROJECT BOOK FELLOWSHIP.

  • A full curriculum vitae.
  • A concise discussion (3 pages maximum) of the applicant’s ongoing interest in archival research.
  • A concise summary (3 pages maximum) of the applicant’s research and publication relevant to Renaissance book history.
  • The names and addresses of two senior scholars who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications.

The application deadline is 15 August 2021.

The successful candidate will be informed shortly thereafter.

For further information, contact: assonitis@medici.org


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 2021 and 23 January 2021 (FALL SEMESTER) and 1 January 2022 and 20 July 2022 (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 15 August 2021:

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.