Fondazione Giorgio Cini onlus Institute of Art History Scholarship

Application deadline: 29 February 2020

Fondazione Giorgio Cini onlus
Institute of Art History
Scholarship
for the study
of 20th-century
glass-making art
in Venice
Application deadline: 29 February 2020
www.cini.it/centro-branca
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF A 6-MONTH RESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDYING
20TH-CENTURY GLASS-MAKING ART IN VENICE
FOR UNDERGRADUATE, DOCTORAL OR POST-DOCTORAL THESIS
PERIOD OF RESIDENCE: APRIL - DECEMBER 2020
Application deadline: 29 February 2020
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES
Thanks to the contribution of Pentagram Stiftung, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini offers 1 six-month
residential scholarship for the purpose of studying 20th-century glass-making art in Venice. The
scholarship is worth 6,200 euros (gross sum) and accommodation free of charge for 6 months at
the Vittore Branca Center Residence.
Part of the Stanze del Vetro project, the scholarship will be awarded to an Italian or foreign1
undergraduate or graduate student (PhD or post-doctorate) wishing to spend six months doing
research at the Glass Study Center / Institute of Art History in the period April–December 2020.
Candidates shall propose a research topic preferably focused on the archives and documents in
the Glass Study Center (http://archivi.cini.it/cini-web/centrostudivetro/home.html).
Candidates are invited to contact directly the Glass Study Center (centrostudivetro@cini.it) to
book a visit and view its archive materials.
1 Please note: Any international scholars who win a scholarship must have an Italian tax code (codice fiscale), conditio sine qua non
for the scholarship.
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TYPE OF SCHOLARSHIP
The six-month residential scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate scholars (PhD
and post-doctorate).
The scholarship will be divided as follows:
• a gross sum2 of 6,200 euros as a contribution to general expenses, travel and board, paid in
monthly equal installments by bank transfer only;
• accommodation free of charge for six consecutive months in the Vittore Branca Center
Residence on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and free use of the Vittore Branca Center
facilities.
WHAT THE VITTORE BRANCA CENTER HAS TO OFFER
The Vittore Branca International Center for the Study of Italian Culture offers the opportunity for
interdisciplinary exchanges with fellow scholars attending the Center as well as with the
academic community at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.
Facilities and benefits include:
a) The Libraries and Photo Library at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, specialized in glass, art
history, Venetian history, literature, music, dance, drama and early printed books. The
libraries are equipped with wi-fi. Vittore Branca Center scholars can enjoy advice by
specialists and the possibility of borrowing books.
b) Cultural events (seminars, conferences, exhibitions, concerts, etc.) organized by the
Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Residents thus have the opportunity to explore the broader
background to their own work.
c) The Residence - situated in the grounds of the Island, the Residence can accommodate
around 90 scholars in self-catering mini-apartments with a telephone and connection to
Internet. Kitchen facilities enable residents to economize on food expenses. The Residence
also has reception, surveillance and cleaning services plus a laundromat and food
dispensers. To encourage social life and exchanges of ideas, there are shared spaces for
use by all guests: the living room, music room, fitness area and terrace.
2 Article 50, clause 1, letter c) of the Testo Unico delle Imposte sui Redditi includes among incomes considered to be similar to those
of employed labor “sums paid by anyone in the form of a scholarship, check, prize or subsidy for the purposes of study or
professional training, if the beneficiary is not bound by relations of regular employment to the provider of funds” (tax law in force as
of this scholarship issue date). The net sum paid will thus vary according to the overall tax situation of the recipient of the payment.
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d) Tutors to assist scholarship holders in becoming familiar with the island and its
documentary and artistic heritage as well as offering guidance about the cultural offering
of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and the city of Venice in general.
e) Other services, such as:
- a work station with wi-fi in the Nuova Manica Lunga, the Fondazione’s main
documentary center;
- an international newspaper library, available in the Residence living room;
- social initiatives specifically aimed at residents;
- guidance on the Venetian heritage and on how to use libraries and archives in the city
of Venice.
OBLIGATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP HOLDERS
To receive payment and to continue enjoying the benefits of the scholarship at the Vittore Branca
Center, scholarship holders are required to:
– stay in the Vittore Branca Center Residence for six consecutive months in the chosen period
(April to December 2020). Trips for research purposes, attending conferences or work
commitments related to the research project at the Glass Study Center must be documented
in writing in advance and will not be added to the days of absence for personal reasons. Days
of absence for personal reasons must not add up to more than 30 working days. Absences are
counted from Monday to Saturday; Sundays are excluded;
– present their research project to the academic and professional community at the
Fondazione and to scholars and researchers at the Vittore Branca Center during the
scholarship period and attend all presentations of other scholarship holders’ research
projects during their residency;
– report regularly to their academic tutor on research work in progress and submit a monthly
written report on the status of their research project;
– mention the scholarship, using the exact wording, in their curriculum vitae and in any
publications associated with their research at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Institute of Art
History.
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HOW TO APPLY AND SELECTION
Candidates shall send their scholarship application in .pdf version to: centrobranca@cini.it,
complete with the required documents (see below).
Applications shall be sent by 29 February 2020 with the following enclosed documents:
- application form – www.cini.it/centro-branca
- degree certificate(s) with marks for individual exams, or an equivalent or superior
qualification
- a copy of a degree dissertation (for PhD students) or doctorate thesis (for postdoctorate
researchers) and copies of any other relevant academic works
- curriculum vitae, including knowledge of languages
- description of the research topic (around 1,500 words) proposed by the candidate,
specifying aims, time scale, and materials and documents to be consulted at the
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
- 2 reference letters from professors and scholars on headed paper who supervise or
have supervised the candidate / optional
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Candidates considered to be suitable on the grounds of the documents presented will be invited
for an interview in Italian or English by telephone or video-link with one or more directors of the
Fondazione Giorgio Cini Institute of Art History and may be asked to provide supplementary
information.
The scholarships will be awarded by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Institute of Art History with no
right of appeal.
Both positive and negative results of the assessment of the scholarship applications will be
communicated by end of March 2020.
Anyone who has already been awarded a scholarship to the Vittore Branca Center is not eligible to
re-apply, whereas previously unsuccessful candidates may apply again.
Venice, 16 December 2019