Program Overview

Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted artists and scholars without regard to nationality, age, race, gender, or religion, working on projects of any subject area in the following disciplines:

  • Archaeology 
  • Architecture 
  • Classics 
  • Dance 
  • Film/Video 
  • History
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

In the Arts, the Study Center welcomes individuals doing both creative and scholarly work. Each semester, applications in English, French, Italian and Spanish may be submitted on the Foundation website. A rotating, international selection committee evaluates applicants in each discipline based on demonstrated achievement in their respective fields, and the quality of the project proposal. The committee carefully composes small residency groups of eight to ten Fellows, based on diversity of nationality, age, discipline and area of inquiry. The Foundation awards approximately 50 one-month Fellowships each year.

The Bogliasco Study Center is comprised of three separate properties: Villa dei Pini, Villa Orbiana, and Villa Rincon. Villa dei Pini is located close to the Via Aurelia, which follows the traces of the ancient road built by the Romans to connect their capital to Ventimiglia and France. The property features a mature Genoese garden, shaded by pine trees, that drops steeply to the rocky shore of the Mediterranean. Villa Orbiana and Villa Rincon are situated further up the foot of the Apennines in an olive grove, approximately a five-minute walk from Villa dei Pini. Each of the villas contains private living quarters, studios equipped with computers, and common rooms. While surrounded by a bustling semi-urban environment, the villas and their gardens offer an oasis of calm, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Ligurian coastline — an inspiring setting that has proven to be a powerful stimulant for reflection and creativity.

During their month long stay at the Center, Bogliasco Fellows are provided with living quarters (bedroom with private bath), full board, and a separate private studio in one of the three villas. All meals are shared, and every evening, Fellows come together for a formal dinner featuring typical cuisine from the Liguria region, such as focaccia, pesto, local produce, cheese and wines. While residencies are expected to lead to published or performed works, Bogliasco Fellows have no specific work requirements or obligatory formal presentations. With the burden of daily chores lifted, Bogliasco Fellows may work and create as they choose in this vibrant and supportive environment.

The Foundation encourages Fellows to learn about and interact with the local community.  An introductory organized tour of Genoa and its cultural resources is available for each group, as are informal Italian lessons.  Through partnerships with local organizations, Bogliasco Fellows are frequently invited to participate in prominent events in Genoa, such as the International Poetry Festival and START: a citywide visual arts event. Fellows receive invitations to attend cultural events at the major theaters, palazzos and opera house of Genoa, and to meet local artists and scholars working in their discipline, if they so choose.

For Bogliasco Fellows, the time and space to create in complete freedom, combined with the stimulating company of diverse colleagues in this intimate setting, results in an intellectual and creative exchange that is particularly potent and long lasting. A spirited discussion around the dinner table often generates fresh inspiration and unexpected directions: new ideas and collaborations blossom. Many Fellows tell us that the unique environment fostered at the Study Center influences their work for years to come.

Although there is no cost for a residency, Fellows are responsible for their own travel to and from the Study Center. Fellows may be accompanied by spouses/partners during their stay at the Study Center. Spouses/partners who intend to pursue a project in one of the disciplines, and who wish to be designated as Bogliasco Fellows, must submit separate and complete applications. In order to encourage productive exchange between peers within this intimate community, the Study Center cannot accommodate children or other family members. At the minimum, Fellows must be able to speak conversational English to communicate in this international community, where the common language is typically English.

It is assumed that Fellows will remain at the Study Center for the duration of their residencies, bringing with them the materials needed to complete their work. The Foundation recognizes, however, that some artists and scholars may require access to cultural resources in Genoa or other parts of Italy. The Study Center staff is happy to assist Fellows in contacting local facilities.

Fellowships are scheduled during the two semesters of the traditional academic year: September-December, and February-May. The Bogliasco Foundation does not offer summer residencies.

The approximate dates for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 residency sessions will be:

Fall 2018
September 3 – October 5
October 8 – November 9
November 12 
 December 14
Spring 2019
January 7 – February 8
February 11 – March 15
March 18 – April 19
April 23 – May 24

Application deadlines are as follows: January 15th for the subsequent fall semester, and April 15th for the subsequent spring semester.

For further information about applications and to apply, click here.