Open call for the Fellows annual selection

Founded in 1666 by Louis XIV, the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici is a French establishment located, since 1803, in the Villa Medici, a 16th-century villa surrounded by a seventeen-acre park, on Mount Pincio, in the heart of Rome. A national public institution under the authority of the Ministry of Culture, the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici fulfils three complementary missions: to welcome high-level artists, creators and art historians in residence for one-year stays or shorter; to set up a cultural and artistic programme that includes all fields of the arts and creation and is aimed at a broad audience; to conserve, restore, study, and make its architectural and landscape heritage, as well as its art collections, known to the public.

Each year, the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici organises an international competition to select Fellows who will be hosted at the Villa Medici in Rome for a 12-month residency for creation, experimentation and research (beginning of the residency in September, end in August).

The competition is open to established French-speaking artists, authors and researchers, regardless of nationality. Applications are accepted from all disciplines of literary and artistic creation, arts and crafts, as well as history and theory of the arts or restoration of works of art or monuments.


Open Call for 2022 – 2023

The call for applications to the Fellows residency at the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici is currently closed.

TIMELINE:

  • Application period: from December 1st, 2021 at noon to January 7th, 2022 at noon (Central European Time)
  • Publication, on this page, of the shortlisted applications for the auditions: end of March 2022 (the exact date will be announced soon on this page)
  • Jury hearings: Spring 2022
  • Publication, on this page, of successful applications: early April 2022
  • Starting of the residency in Rome: September 5th, 2022

JURY:

The dossier of each candidate is examined by a jury composed of the following members: the Director of the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici as President of the jury; the General Director for Artistic Creation or his appointed representative at the French Ministry of Culture; and six qualified personalities appointed each year by decision of the Director of the Academy. See the list of the 2022-2023 jury members attached below.

CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION:

  • Candidates may submit only one application file per competition.
  • Candidates must be over eighteen years of age on the closing date for applications.
  • Candidates must speak French, without nationality criteria. They are advised to have some knowledge of Italian language and culture.
  • The selection is aimed at professionally advanced artists or researchers.
  • Candidates must present a precise project describing the research themes, the nature of the work and the motivation for the residence.
  • Candidates may present a collective project. In this case, each of the selected candidates will receive a residence grant.

Applications must be submitted exclusively by electronic means, via the dematerialized platform below, from December 1st, 2021 at noon to January 7th, 2022 at noon (Central European Time):

IMPORTANT:

Applications must be submitted exclusively by electronic means, via the dematerialized platform, between Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at 12:00 and Friday, January 7th, 2022 at 12:00 (CET). The platform will be automatically closed at 12:00 (CET), please make sure to finalize and submit your application before this time.

It is imperative that the title of all the files that make up the application file begin with the applicant’s last name (e.g. for the applicant Mr. Dupont: “dupont_doc_artistique.pdf”, “dupont_cv.pdf”, etc.). The documents must be submitted in PDF format and the titles must not contain any accent or special sign (e.g. £. *, #,…). Each PDF document submitted on the platform must include the names of the candidates (if applicable, each of the persons in the case of group applications).

The electronic weight of the dematerialized application file must not exceed 20 Mb in total, and the number of documents submitted on the platform in dematerialized version must not exceed 10 units.

Make sure to use browsers such as Google Chrome.

To validate your application, you must fill in all the required fields, read the rules and regulations and click on “Soumettre la candidature”. A confirmation of your application will be sent to you by email. If you do not receive it, please check your junk mail.

Content of the application form:

The application form to be completed on the competition’s dematerialized platform must include the following documents:

  • Copy of both sides of the candidate’s valid identity card or passport;
  • Detailed curriculum vitae, written in French, indicating the candidate’s artistic background, diplomas obtained, prizes and scholarships already awarded, publications and residencies;
  • Detailed project formulated in a typed note in French, in PDF format only, not exceeding 10 pages and 2 MB, indicating the reasons for the stay, the research themes and the nature of the work that the candidate wishes to carry out during his/her stay;
  • Artistic documentation or publications: copies of articles, excerpts from essays, photographs or documentation images (15 images maximum), video or compressed sound files, fragments of manuscripts (2 maximum). In the case of collaborative works, the candidate’s part or contribution to the creation must be clearly indicated. Candidates may insert hyperlinks to web pages, but these are not an integral part of the application documents.

For any question, please contact: [email protected]

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:
Please note that all the following documents are only available in French.

Competition’s Rules

Frequently Asked Questions

List of the jury members for the 2022-2023 selection

Press release