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The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture

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Category: Landscape Architecture

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Application deadline: November 1


The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. The Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture, which includes geography, environmental design and planning, landscape and ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability, and ecological studies, provides American landscape architects with a special opportunity for advanced study, travel, and association with other fellows in Rome. 

Level of Education

Anyone may apply. However, undergraduate students are not eligible for Rome Prize Fellowships.


Applicants for Rome Prize fellowships must be United States citizens at the time of application. Undergraduate students are not eligible for Rome Prize Fellowships. Previous Rome Prize Fellows are not eligible to reapply. Due to IRS restrictions, GCA is unable to fund awards for international applicants.


Provides an annual one-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, which includes a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a private workspace in the Academy’s complex on Janiculum Hill overlooking the city. Full-term fellowships generally run from early or mid-September to July of the following year.


Selection is by the Academy in consultation with the GCA Scholarship Committee.


The American Academy in Rome was founded in 1894 by architect Charles Follen McKim and was chartered by Congress in 1905. For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Former Rome Prize recipients include many of our country's most outstanding artists, architects, musicians, and classicists.

A GCA member tour of Italian gardens hosted by Ferriccio Vitale, Landscape Architect and AAR Board member, provided the genesis for a GCA-sponsored fellowship. The first $50,000 Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture was established in 1928 with enthusiastic contributions from GCA member clubs. Additional money was raised in 1976, and individual GCA members continued to contribute over the years. By October 1989, through the efforts of Mrs. Niels W. Johnsen (GCA President, 1983-1985), various donors had committed $500,000, the amount needed to fund a permanent, fully-endowed fellowship. A formal agreement between the GCA and the Academy was signed in 1990. 

To Apply

Before applying, candidates should visit the Academy’s website and review, at minimum, the Overview and General Information, Frequently Asked Questions, Guidelines (scroll down to “Arts” for Landscape Architecture) and Arts Guidelines. After reviewing these webpages, candidates should then Register and Apply.

Applications must be submitted on the Academy’s website. Applications must be received at the Academy’s New York City office by November 1 preceding the proposed year of study. Application fee is $40. Applications are also accepted between November 2 and 15 for an additional fee. Late application fee is $70. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.


The American Academy in Rome, 7 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1001. Phone: 212-751-7200, fax: 212-751-7220, website:


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