Civitella Ranieri has a longstanding tradition of Affiliated Fellowships. Collaboration with outside agencies enriches the program, the pool of Fellows, and the profile of the Civitella community. Our current Affiliated Fellowships are listed below.

If you or your organization is interested in creating an Affiliated Fellowship with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, please contact us at to explore possibilities.

Each recipient of the annual First Book Award, established to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book, receives a residency at Civitella, $5,000, and their winning manuscript is published by Graywolf Press.

One finalist of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize, for a visual artist living and working in the Baltimore Area, is awarded a residency at Civitella.

The prizewinner of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize receives a weeklong residency at Civitella, supported by The de Groot Foundation, along with 1,500 euros and consultations with a literary agent and editor.

The awardee of the Griffin Poetry Prize for the best collection of poetry in English, written by a living Canadian poet or translator and published during the preceding year, receives a residency at Civitella and C$65,000.

The Kirby Family Foundation

The Kirby Mewshaw Affiliated Fellowship is awarded to a gifted writer or visual artist.

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize competition is open to all self-identifying women who have yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000, publication of her collection by Persea, and a residency at Civitella.

The PEN Open Book Award confers a $10,000 prize upon an author of color who has not received wide media attention. The winner additionally receives a fully-funded residency at Civitella.

Recent Pew Fellows— exceptional artists in the Philadelphia region— are provided opportunities for residencies, such as Civitella, intended to push their artistic practice and broaden their horizons.

The Rona Jaffe Fellowship is awarded to an emerging woman writer. 

The WOJR/Civitella Ranieri Architecture Prize brings one architect per year to Civitella to design and construct a temporary architectural installation on the castle grounds within a six-week residency period, with a $15,000 purse.