ACIS Save Venice Fellowships

As part of its commitment to fostering postgraduate and early career researchers, the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS), in collaboration with Save Venice Inc, supports Fellowships in the city of Venice for current MA, PhD students or postdoctoral researchers from the Universities of Australia and New Zealand, for the period September to December on an annual basis.

Up to two Fellowships will be awarded, to the value of AU$8,000.00 each.

The Fellowship is designed for those researchers and scholars working in Italian studies, broadly conceived, whose research and/or career can benefit in any way from a period in Venice and the use of the city’s substantial resources. Those in the fields of History, Art History, Fine Art, Cultural and Media Studies, and Restoration and Museum Studies will be particularly interested, but applications will be welcome from any field across the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must have language skills in Italian at least at intermediate level as well as fluency in English.
Fellows will be expected to familiarise themselves with the work of Save Venice and, as part of their Fellowships, to assist with the projects under its supervision. Fellows will therefore collaborate with Save Venice for the equivalent of three half-days each week, which will enable them to spend significant time in Venice on their own research projects.

Support for the Fellowships is designed to cover the cost of return airfares between Australasia and Venice, accommodation, travel expenses within the lagoon, and a modest living allowance.

Fellows must be EITHER a current Masters or PhD candidate in any area of Italian Studies at an Australian or New Zealand university OR a postdoctoral researcher in any area of Italian Studies within 3 years of successful completion of their Masters or PhD at an Australian or New Zealand university.

In 2020 the dates of the Fellowship will be 14 September to 11 December
and Fellows must be able to take up the Fellowship on these dates.

Further information on the Fellowships and how to apply for them can be found here.


Previous ACIS Save Venice Fellows:


Dr Emma Barron

A recent doctoral graduate from the University of Sydney and in co-tutelle from the University of Bologna, Emma’s project examined the media coverage of the 1968 Mostra della contestazione protests at the 34th Venice Art Biennale and the 29th Venice Film Festival focusing on the international impact of the news photography of Gianni Berengo Gardin and the national magazine columns of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Working in the Venice Biennale Archives, she analyzed the circulation of ideas and images about Venice’s 1968, particularly the role of celebrity protestors and the iconic impact of Piazza San Marco.

Jennifer McFarland

A Masters by research candidate at the University of Melbourne, Jennifer’s project explored the social and religious place of pizzochere (uncloistered religious women) in late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Venice. Utilizing material in the Archivio di Stato, Venice, the Archivio Storico del Patriarcato and the Biblioteca Correr, Jennifer’s is the first scholarly analysis of Venetian pizzochere. Her research explores the visibility of these women in the city, where and how they lived their lives and how and why these women were enmeshed with, or paralleled, other religious and state networks and institutions.


Dr Angelo lo Conte
A doctoral graduate from the University of Melbourne, and an Endeavour Post Doctoral scholar at the Australian Institute of Art History, Angelo’s project enabled completion of a long-term project examining the artistic trajectory of seventeenth-century artists Camillo, Carlo Antonio and Giulio Cesare Procaccini and their famous bottega in Milan. Using the resources of the Biblioteca Marciana, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Angelo examined a range of literature and paintings relevant to the family and used the resources of the Rosand Library at Save Venice to complete a draft of his monograph on the family.