The Istituto Svizzero provides a research platform for exchange that connects the Swiss scientific community with Italy as well as internationally.

In the field of science, Istituto Svizzero fosters exchange between Swiss and Italian institutions, organises and co-hosts scientific conferences and seminars, and provides an independent research centre of excellence in the Roman and Italian context. It also offers young researchers from universities and institutes of higher education the opportunity to develop their research projects and to create contacts and networks of relations with the academic and scientific world along with the dissemination of their research in Italy.

Villa Maraini and its central setting in the Capital City offers the ideal grounds for these activities. Rome is a vibrant city surrounded by Universities and Institutes along with academic and cultural Institutions. The uniqueness of Rome is the network that stretches beyond the singular Italian institution, to all the international academic institutions present on the territory, creating a larger and more resourceful community.

On top, Villa Maraini provides adequate conference rooms to host different size and formats of events provided with the necessary equipment and personnel for a proper conference setup.

Istituto Svizzero offers also exceptional stays of one or two weeks, on certain conditions, for researchers needing to do research or collaborate in projects in the Italian capital.

The various research platforms include:


Summer Schools

Senior Fellowships


Other research stays



Istituto Svizzero organises and hosts scientific conferences and seminars in collaboration with Swiss and Italian institutions. Rome in particular offers a wide range of possible high-profile collaborators—be it the local Italian institutions or the academic representations of numerous countries that are present in the Italian capital.
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Summer Schools
As part of its program, Istituto Svizzero annually announces a competition for Summer Schools. The call for applications for Summer School 2024 is open to projects of all disciplines that meet one of the following conditions: to offer participants a new historical or contemporary perspective on Rome or, in general, on Italy or to promote the collaboration between different scientific disciplines (interdisciplinary exchange) or between art and science (transdisciplinary exchange). Project applications with a three-year construction perspective will also be considered. Istituto Svizzero also offers the possibility of setting up a Summer School in Palermo in July for projects related to Sicily/Mediterranean.

Collaborations with Italian institution partners is highly recommended. The period of stay at Istituto Svizzero is July-August and early September.

Download the entry requirements for 2024 here (ITALIAN).
Download the entry requirements for 2024 here (GERMAN).
Download the entry requirements for 2024 here (FRENCH).
Fill the application form here.
Deadline: 19.01.2024.

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Selected Summer School 2023


  • Documenting Shadow Knowledge
    A project by EDHEA and HEAD in collaboration with NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Roma.
  • A letter to Giacinto Scelsi
    A cooperation between the MA Contemporary Arts Practice and the Fondazione Isabella Scelsi, with guests from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia.
  • Art and Activism
    A project by ZHdK in collaboration with Institute of Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR).


Senior Fellowships
By invitation only, the Istituto Svizzero offers residencies in Rome to established artists and researchers for projects connected with Italy or of a transdisciplinary nature. The figures invited will be resident at the Institute for periods of one to three months. In return, they are expected to actively engage with the young residents of the programme Roma Calling.

Senior Fellow 2024/2025

Senior Fellow 2023/2024

Senior Fellow 2022/2023

Senior Fellow 2021/2022

Senior Fellow 2020/2021

Senior Fellows 2019/2020

Senior Fellow 2018/2019

Istituto Svizzero issues new calls every year for its residency programmes. By providing a room and places to work it offers young scientists and artists the opportunity to further their careers in Italy, creating and developing networks and collaborations between the academic and artistic scenes of Switzerland and Italy, and promoting Swiss education, research, innovation and artistic creation in Italy.


  • Roma Calling: a ten-month residency running from September to July at Villa Maraini, Rome
  • Milano Calling: a six-month residency running from October to April in Milan
  • Palermo Calling: a three-month residency running from September to December at Palazzo Butera in Palermo
  • Palermo Calling – Curator: a three-month research opportunity running from September to December, in collaboration with Fondazione Sicilia
  • Palermo Calling – Art&Science: a three-month research opportunity running from September to December, in collaboration with Fondazione Sant’Elia

Applications for 2024/2025 are open.

Other research stays
Exceptional stays of one or two weeks are possible, on certain conditions, for researchers and artists needing to do research or collaborate in projects in the Italian capital.

Places are awarded according to availability and consequent to management’s evaluation of the application (project, CV, contacts and collaborations in Rome, etc.), which must be submitted to the Institute no more than two months before the desired dates at the following electronic address:

Scientific activities are often accompanied by publications: text for further studies and conference proceedings.

Since 1954 Istituto Svizzero has been publishing a series of works on specialised topics related to research studies started or concluded in Rome and part of the Bibliotheca Helvetica Romana book series, edited by Schwabe, Basel.

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Comprising over 45,000 books and publications, the library of Istituto Svizzero places a major collection of works on archaeology, classical philology, history, art history and literature at the disposal of researchers. Founded in 1948 to include the bequests of artist Adolf Holzer and of Carolina Maraini-Sommaruga—the owner of Villa Maraini—the library has since then grown and includes books from the leading Swiss publishers as well as donations from professors and academics, especially François Lasserre and Hanno Helbling.