Summer Fellowships for Visiting Faculty

Each summer Richmond the American International University will award up to 5 non-stipendiary Richmond Summer Visiting Faculty Fellowships for existing university Partners and AIFS Affiliates.  For summer 2017 the Fellowship will be hosted at Richmond’s Rome campus (on Piazza Sant’ Andrea della Valle, a few steps away from Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the Pantheon).

The fellowships will provide Visiting Fellows with room and board in an apartment nearby the university’s Rome campus for up to two weeks.  Rooming will consist of double room/single options with bedding in a shared apartment with a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom(s). As regards meals, pre-paid vouchers will be provided to subsidise meal costs to the value of 30€ per day although you are free to cook in your apartments. The vouchers will come with a list of venues (cafes, restaurants, groceries and supermarkets) close to the accommodation and Richmond Study Centre.

Fellows are expected to take up their fellowship during Richmond’s summer 1 period (June 5-16) and are responsible for obtaining and financing their transport to Rome and within the city. The fellowships are designed to:

  • strengthen the relationship between the university and its partners
  • enhance faculty research and perhaps drive collaborative work in this area
  • strengthen best practise in teaching

Where possible Visiting Fellows may be asked to give a guest lecture in at least one summer class gratis and will be required to attend a one-day informal symposium (June 16) with other successful Visiting Fellows and Richmond faculty to discuss their research. Visiting Fellows are also asked to acknowledge The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and Richmond the American International University in London (RAIUL) in any publications which derive from the fellowship and to provide the university with a copy of said publication.

Applications for the fellowships are competitive and to be submitted by email to the Dean of International Programmes ( by midnight on December 1 of the year prior to the award. The application should consist of a CV and short 500-1000 word explanation of the proposed nature of the research project or desired pedagogical learning outcome. Candidates will be selected by a committee led by Richmond’s Associate Dean for Research in conjunction with the Dean of International Programmes (London) and the Dean of Richmond (Rome).

  • Programme for First Annual summer Fellows Symposium (London, UK): June 21, 2016

    Welcome from the President: Professor John Annette
    Welcome from the Associate Dean for Research: Dr Martin D. Brown
    Welcome from the Senior Vice President of the American Institute for Foreign Study: Ailsa Brookes

    Ann K. McClellan (Plymouth State University –English)
    “Sherlock Holmes in/and Popular Culture”

    Jennifer Purcell (St Michael’s College – History)
    “Writing the Biography of BBC Radio Star Mabel Constanduros (1880-1957)”

    Alex Seago (Richmond University, The American International University in London – Communications)
    “What Is This Pop ? – English Pop Graphic Design 1956-1966”

    Ed Madden (University of South Carolina – Women’s & Gender Studies)
    “Colm Clifford: Homosexuality in Irish Culture”

    Paul Rekret (Richmond University, The American International University in London – International Relations)
    “All Grown Up? Childhood From the First to the Second Summer of Love”

    Lawrence McDonnell & Kathleen Hilliard (Iowa State University – History)
    “Slavery and Agriculture at Betty’s Hope Plantation, Antigua, 1650-1944”

    Gregory Freeland (University of California Santa Barbara – Political Science)
    “Orchestral Epistemology: Music and Politics in the Caribbean Region”

    Wesley B. Renfro (St John Fisher College –Political Science)
    “Imperial Structures and Infectious Disease”