Venetian Research Program: U.S.

for Individual Scholars 

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2/25/2020, updated 3/9/2020

The Delmas Foundation notes that an increasing number of Italian cultural institutions are closing temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak. This and other unexpected phenomena — the very severe flooding of last fall, for example — might well recur.  We understand that these situations may force revisions in your travel plans.

Please consult notices from the U.S. CDC and the Italian Ministry of Health both prior to and during travel.

Please notify the Foundation office if you anticipate significant changes in the time or duration of your research trip relative to what you listed on your proposal.

The Foundation awards travel grants to individual scholars to support historical research on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for the study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater.

One of the Venetian Research Program grants awarded will be designated as the Henry A. Millon Award in Art and Architectural History.

Past Grantees:

2019-2020 Venetian Research Program Grantees
2018-2019 Venetian Research Program Grantees
2017-2018 Venetian Research Program Grantees
2016-2017 Venetian Research Program Grantees

Research Location:

Funds may be used for travel to and residence in Venice and the former Venetian empire; transportation within the Veneto; and specific research expenses.

Past grantees only may apply for travel and research outside of the Veneto. Scholars who have already received and accepted a Delmas grant for their work in Venice and the Veneto are eligible for subsequent, one-time grants of up to $3,000 (one month maximum) to work exclusively on Venetian materials in other libraries or museums.  The proposed study must be related to the previous Delmas grant.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be citizens or permanent residents of the United States*
  • have experience in advanced research at the graduate level or equivalent. PhD students must have completed all course work at the time of application.

Award Amounts:

Applications will be entertained for grants up to a maximum of $20,000 for a full academic year. Grants for the maximum amount are rarely awarded, and successful applicants are frequently awarded less than the amount requested.  Award amounts are based on length of stay, plus travel and research costs.

Application Timeline for 2020-2021:

  • Applications are due Monday, December 16, 2019 at 12 noon EST.
  • Letters of recommendation may arrive after the deadline, but please work to ensure their arrival before the end of December.
  • The awards will be announced at the end of February 2020.
  • Awarded projects must be completed by the end of September 2021.

How to Apply:

The Foundation has a two-step online application form.  Step 1: Register by providing your contact information and creating a login.  Step 2: Fill in the online application prior to the deadline.  After your application has been submitted, please log in and view your application to monitor the arrival of your Letters of Recommendation.

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* Citizens and permanent residents of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth are eligible for Venetian study awards made by the Delmas Foundation’s British and Commonwealth Advisory Board.  See the application guidelines and instructions for this program.

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