The most important goals of I Tatti are to advance our understanding of the Italian Renaissance, to encourage the fruitful interchange of ideas, and to create a relaxed atmosphere conducive to research and writing.  To this end, the Center offers fifteen full-year post-doctoral I Tatti Fellowships annually, as well as several fellowships for shorter periods: Mellon Fellowships for scholars from areas that have been under-represented at I Tatti, Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowships for scholars who do not have the benefit of sabbatical leave, Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for recently tenured scholars, David and Julie Tobey Fellowships for research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts,  I Tatti-RCAC Joint Fellowships for research into the interaction between Italy and the Byzantime or Ottoman Empire, and Graduate Fellowships for graduate students at Harvard University. The center provides a tranquil setting where scholars can exchange ideas and carry out their research. Fellows join a community of scholars from all over the world, working in a wide range of fields and often with different methodological approaches. The I Tatti community is rounded out with Research Associates, Visiting Professors, Director’s Guests, and the scholars on staff.

Former Fellows can apply for Lila Acheson Wallace – Reader’s Digest Special Grants to support their scholarship. I Tatti also offers Internships for graduate and undergraduate students.