Civitella Ranieri has a longstanding tradition of Affiliated Fellowships. Fellowships are often funded in part by the sponsoring agency and in other cases, travel expenses alone are covered by the Affiliate. 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 will receive a residency at Civitella, along with a $5,000 first book award for an American poet, with the manuscript published by Graywolf Press.

The prize holder of the Desperate Literature Prize stays at Civitella for one week. As of 2020, this is funded by the de Groot Foundation.

The Griffin Trust sponsors a poet of their choosing.

The Kirby-Mewshaw Fellowship

The Kirby-Mewshaw Family annually sponsors a gifted writer or visual artist for a residency at Civitella.

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 the Civitella Ranieri Center.

This partnership annually offers the PEN Open Book Award holder a residency at Civitella.

Since 2011, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has provided recent Pew Fellows with opportunities to take sojourns outside of the Philadelphia area, for residencies intended to push their artistic practice and expand their horizons.

The Civitella Ranieri Prize for Architecture provides a six week residency at the Castle during which the prize winner designs, builds, and then breaks down a temporary architectural installation on the Civitella grounds using locally available materials.