Predoctoral Research Residencies at the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities

  • Deadline: Jan 31, 2024
  • Naples, Italy

The Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities “La Capraia” invites applications for Research Residencies for PhD students in the earlier stages of their dissertations.

Projects may focus on art and architectural history, music history, archeology, the digital humanities, or related fields, from antiquity to the present. Projects should address the cultural histories of Naples and southern Italy as a center of exchange, encounter, and transformation, and, most importantly, make meaningful use of local research materials including artworks, sites, archives, and libraries.

Research Residencies run for the academic year (mid-September to early June). Research Residents are awarded free lodging and work space at La Capraia as well as a modest stipend, administered by Amici di Capodimonte, to help defray the cost of living. Research Residents are granted privileged access to collections and research resources at Capodimonte, and access to other sites, collections, and research materials are arranged as needed. During their time in Naples, Research Residents are expected to work on their projects full time and in residence, and to participate in the organized activities, scholarly programs, and intellectual life of the Center.

Research Residents are invited to present their research in an informal seminar, gallery talk, or site visit in the spring semester. In the summer following the residency period, they are invited to contribute a short essay to the Center’s annual research report.


Applications from advanced doctoral students of any nationality are welcome.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV, and a research proposal of 1,000-1,500 words that frames the central questions, methods, and scholarly contributions of project, and describes the resources that will be used while on site in and around Naples.

Materials should be sent in a single PDF file (with last name as the title of the file) to Center Coordinator, Dott.ssa Francesca Santamaria at [email protected].

In addition, applicants must invite three recommenders to send letters of support directly to the same email address. All materials, including letters of recommendation, are due by January 31, 2024. Finalists will be invited to interviews held via Zoom with representatives from the O’Donnell Institute and Capodimonte.

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