ICCROM Fellowships

The Fellowship Programme is a valuable part of the life of ICCROM. Its purpose is to bring fresh perspectives, facilitate the cross-exchange of knowledge and ideas, and stimulate new avenues of research which will enrich the field of heritage conservation. Through the programme, senior professionals who are nationals of ICCROM Member States or working in organisations therein can apply to undertake a period of study at ICCROM in order to pursue their own research.


A fellowship at ICCROM is a unique opportunity for reflection and study whilst engaging in the life of an international organisation. During their time at ICCROM, Fellows benefit not only from direct access to one of the world’s most extensive conservation libraries (with holdings in over 70 different languages) as well as ICCROM’s archives, but also through exchange with staff and other heritage professionals. It is an occasion to gain new insights at international level, and establish new professional relationships.


Individuals who have a specialty in a discipline related to cultural heritage, either as researchers, teachers or practitioners, are welcome to apply. Candidates must hold at least a Master’s degree or higher in an area related to cultural heritage, and have been professionally active in the field for at least 10 years. While their research can be conducted in any language, Fellows are expected to have a good knowledge of one of the two official languages of ICCROM (English and French).


Proposals on any research topic connected to heritage conservation are welcomed, however those with direct relevance to ICCROM’s Strategic Directions are encouraged. Information regarding ICCROM’s Strategic Directions can be found here


Fellowships can be undertaken either at the ICCROM headquarters in Rome or at the ICCROM-Sharjah Regional Office in the U.A.E.

Subject to the agreement of ICCROM, Fellowships may be undertaken partially online if justification is given


Fellowships can be of variable length between 2 and 6 months. Other time frames may be considered if justification is given. At the end of the period of their fellowship, Fellows are asked to give a presentation on their research to staff and external guests. After completing their fellowship, fellows will also be contacted by ICCROM to provide evaluation feedback on their fellowship and its outcomes.


Fellows are responsible for arranging their travel, accommodation, and personal insurance. ICCROM will assist Fellows to obtain the necessary documents to enter and temporarily reside in Italy or the U.A.E., and when possible assist in finding reasonable accommodation. Valid major global medical and accident insurance coverage for the full period of the fellowship is compulsory.


Due to current budgetary constraints, ICCROM is not in a position to provide financial support for fellowships. During the period of their fellowship, Fellows are provided with office space and a computer workstation, unlimited access to internet and stationery; in addition, Fellows have full access to the ICCROM documentation, library and archives services.


The deadline for receipt of applications to undertake a fellowship in 2024 is 1 September 2023.
All fellowships awarded will be taken up in 2024, unless otherwise agreed.


Fellowship applications can be submitted online from the beginning of each year until the deadline indicated above. To apply for a fellowship, please fill in the application form. In order to finalize your application, the following digital files will be required when completing the online form (allowed formats: pdf, doc, docx, jpg, jpeg, png, tif, tiff, with a maximum file size of 3 MB):

  • an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae;
  • confirmation of agreement from the employer, if applicable, to undertake the research work at ICCROM;
  • three letters of reference from persons who have direct knowledge of your work.

In the event that you are unable to submit your application using the online form, please contact the Fellowship Programme focal point:

Alison Heritage
Project Manager, Strategic Planning and Research
ICCROM - Fellowship Programme
Via di San Michele, 13
I-00153 Rome, Italy

E-mail: fellowships@iccrom.org
Fax: +39 06 58 55 33 49


All fellowship proposals are assessed by the Fellowship Selection Committee. Candidates will be informed of the Committee’s decision in writing as soon as results are available. The timeframe for receiving notification varies depending on the number of proposals received.

Proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Overall quality and clarity of the proposal
  • Research need: the research should address a clearly identified knowledge gap
  • Quality of the anticipated results: it should be apparent how the expected results will constitute a valuable development or progress step in furthering the field of heritage conservation.
  • Feasibility: The research project must be feasible within the resources ICCROM has to offer, and the timescale specified.
  • Dissemination plan: It should be specified how the research findings will be shared with the broader conservation community. Open access dissemination is encouraged.
  • Relevance to ICCROM’s Strategic Directions: Research topics that are relevant to ICCROM's strategic directions are given preference.

Please note

Fellows are expected to undertake their own independent research, and cannot request to be supervised by an ICCROM staff member.