Bogliasco Fellowships Programme - Fondazione Bogliasco


Trainings & Fellowships

Location (s):

  • Italy


Fellowships are awarded, without regard to nationality, to qualified persons doing advanced creative work or scholarly research in the following disciplines: archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film or video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, 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 60 one-month Fellowships each year.


The Bogliasco Study Center is comprised of two separate properties: Villa dei Pini and Villa Orbiana. 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 is 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, work spaces 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 private work space in one of the two 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 the Science Festival. 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 for a nominal daily fee. 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. 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. 

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

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


  • September 7 – October 9 (Please note: the first day of residence of the Sept/Oct session may be pushed back a few days for logistical reasons)
  • October 12 – November 13
  • November 16  December 18 


  • January 4 – February 5
  • February 8 – March 12
  • March 15 – April 16
  • April 19 – May 21 

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

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


  • should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.
  • should also submit descriptions of the projects that they intend to pursue in Bogliasco.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields:

Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts - without regard to nationality, age, race, or gender. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.


  • Children cannot be accommodated at the Study Center.
  • Overnight visits by friends, colleagues or family members are not possible.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Reapplications: There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can apply for a Bogliasco Fellowship. However, previous recipients of a Bogliasco Fellowship must wait five years before reapplying. For example, Bogliasco Fellows who were in residence during the spring 2015 semester are eligible to reapply for spring 2020.
  • The Foundation does not allow Fellows to defer their residencies. A Fellow who turns down a Bogliasco Fellowship must reapply to be considered for another semester.
  • Those with food allergies or other dietary restrictions should contact the Foundation at before submitting an application.
  • Those who have problems walking up and down stairs or steep inclines should contact the Foundation at before submitting an application.
  • At the minimum, Fellows must be able to speak conversational English to communicate in this international community, where the common language is typically English.


Deadline: January 15, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:


  • Bogliasco Fellowships include full room and board, plus the use of a private studio.
  • The cost of transportation to and from the Bogliasco Study Center is the responsibility of Fellows and their accompanying spouses/partners.
  • So also are all project materials and equipment, and any personal expenses incurred during the fellowship period, including medical expenses. 
  • Spouses/partners will be charged a daily fee of $25 to help defray the cost of meals and housing.
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