Paideia Rome Fellowship


Application Procedure


The Paideia Institute Rome Fellowship is awarded annually to outstanding recent undergraduates in the classical humanities who are alumni of Paideia Institute courses. The Fellowship supports a year of studying Latin in Rome, along with intensive training in Italian, and professional experience as program assistants and teachers for the Institute’s programs. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit, professional and interpersonal skills, and potential as future teachers and leaders in a humanistic discipline. One of the primary responsibilities of the Rome fellows is planning and executing tours for Paideia's Classical Tours program. 


Fellows receive:

  • Round-trip airfare to Rome
  • A monthly stipend
  • Access to academic libraries in Rome
  • Office space at the Paideia Institute’s Rome office
  • A 6-week homestay with an Italian family
  • Formal instruction in Italian

The Rome Fellowship begins in mid-September with a 6-week homestay and intensive Italian instruction arranged by the Paideia Institute. Following the homestay, Institute staff assists Fellows in finding affordable housing in the city. Throughout the fall and winter, Fellows work out of the Paideia office and academic libraries in Rome, and split their time between learning Italian, researching the city and visiting sites, writing blog posts about antiquity for Loci in Locis, and helping develop Paideia's projects and programs. In the spring and summer, Fellows lead Paideia Institute Classical Tours and teach for Living Latin in Rome (High School).


Applicants must be alumni of one of the Paideia Institute’s programs, and must be recent graduates.

While there is no “ideal” applicant profile, we seek Fellows who value teaching and who have exhibited throughout their undergraduate career the potential to make a strong contribution to the field of classical humanities and an aptitude for language-learning. Given the nature of the Fellowship year, we are interested in applicants who have demonstrated comfort with independent research, the ability to thrive in a collaborative environment, and a sense of adventure and adaptability. Preference is given to applicants planning to pursue further graduate study.

The required application materials are:

  • Paideia Rome Fellowship Application form
  • Personal statement (500 words maximum)
  • Academic writing sample (25 page maximum)
  • Two letters of Recommendation (1 academic, 1 professional)
  • Official Academic Transcript
  • Resume

The personal statement should summarize the applicant's academic and personal interests, discuss how the applicant's skills are suited to a dynamic role of teaching and researching, and explain how the Fellowship year fits into the applicant’s broader career goals. The academic writing sample should be on a classical theme (interpreted broadly to include art history and reception) and should exhibit depth of research, creativity, and clarity of writing. The academic recommendation should be from a professor who has worked closely with the applicant and can speak to their academic merit. The professional recommendation should be from a supervisor or colleague who can speak to the applicant’s non-academic skills (i.e. organizational, administrative, interpersonal) as exhibited in the context of an internship, job, or campus organization.


The application materials are all due on Thursday, January 31st, 2020. In February, applicants will be notified about whether they have been selected to participate in the interview process. Final decisions will be made in the spring.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact or call 609.429.0734. Be sure to include your name and a phone number where you can be reached.