Art History

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

Applications are welcome from scholars who bring to research and teaching the theoretical, methodological, creative, and/or technical practice of digital technologies.  We welcome applications from scholars who engage with emerging digital cultures from a humanities perspective.  The Fellow must be prepared to teach courses that reflect expertise in the digital humanities as well as in another substantive field. 

 

J.S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme for Chinese Art

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme supports curators, museum professionals and Chinese art history research academics taking part in fellowships in the Programme Participating Institutions.  In order to realize the goal of promoting international exchange and cooperation in the field of Chinese art, the Programme requires applicants to be based in museums or institutions in places outside their habitual residence.  The fellowship aims to contribute to the professional enhancement of curators and academics in Chinese art through attachments and fellowships at museums and art institutions in China and overseas. 

 

Academic Fellowships in American Modernism

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center academic fellowship program strives to provide a supportive environment for the pursuit of research and writing by sponsoring full-time fellowships in American Modernism from the late nineteenth-century to the present.  Research Center fellows have access to the archive and library collections of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum as well as collections from archival and library institutions across the Albuquerque and Santa Fe communities. 

 

Andrew W. Mellon "Cultures of Conservation" Fellowship

This fellowship is designed to help bridge the gap between the ways objects are studied by conservators and the ways they are approached by academics in the human sciences.  These fellowships are available to individuals with a PhD or equivalent professional experience, and each of the appointed humanities-trained fellows will join a conservation team at a New York-area museum and work together on a joint project.  The participating institutions are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Division, and The Museum of Modern Art.

 

The "Drawn to Art" Fellowship

Research on American art, visual culture and other projects.  Must make substantial use of the graphic materials as primary sources. 

 

Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences

Topics vary from year to year.

 

Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowships

The Henry Moore Institute is a world-recognized center for the study of sculpture.  Up to four fellows will be given the opportunity to spend a month in Leeds to develop their own research.  Research Fellowships are intended for artists, scholars and curators working on historic and contemporary sculpture who can make particular use of the Institute's resources: our Research Library, Archive of sculptors' papers and the Leeds sculpture collections. 

 

Fellowship Opportunities in American Art

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States.  Artworks include nineteenth- and twentieth-century marble and bronze sculpture, nineteenth-century landscape painting, Gilded Age and American impressionist paintings, twentieth-century realism, photography and graphic art, folk and self-taught art, Latino art, African American art, and film and media arts.  The collection is housed in a National Historic Landmark building shared by the National Portrait Gallery and the Archives of American Art. 

 

Freer Sackler Galleries (FSGA) The Anna van Biema Fellowship

The Anne van Biema Fellowship was established by bequest to promote excellence in research and publication on the Japanese visual arts.  The Galleries provide magnificent opportunities for collections-based study, and hold world-class library and archival collections related to Japanese visual arts.  Research proposals are evaluated in terms of merit, originality, methodology, and potential for significant publication that will advance scholarly and public understanding of the Japanese visual arts. 

 

GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

Participants are in residence at Getty's Research Institute, where they pursue research to expand their dissertation for publication.  Fellows make use of the Getty's collection, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in intellectual life at Getty's. 

 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship

The fellowship, based in the APS Museum, will provide hands-on experience in curatorial work and the opportunity to pursue an independent research project.  As the public face of the APS, the museum researches and interprets the APS’s extensive collections for the regional, national, and international visitors who converge on Philadelphia’s historic district.  Twenty percent of the Fellow’s time will be reserved for his or her own independent research, ideally using resources at the APS or kindred regional institutions. 

 

MTI Fellowship

Caltech and The Huntington have established a collaborative interdisciplinary research program, formally titled “Materialities, Texts and Images."  Its aim is to investigate the historical relations between the material world and different forms of cultural representation; and to examine the strategies by which knowledge and taste have been and are constituted.  There is a focus on the dynamics between material and other (ideational, calculative, inductive) forms of instantiation. 

 

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)

This unique residency offers creative collaboration in a dynamic environment.  It brings together Smithsonian scholars and distinguished visual artists from a variety of disciplines throughout the United States and abroad to explore cross-disciplinary connections.  It strengthens the arts community within the Smithsonian and broadens public interest in and understanding of contemporary art. SARF fellowships support research and do not require recipients to create or exhibit artwork. 

 

David and Julie Tobey Fellowship

One David and Julie Tobey Fellowship, for three months, is available each academic year to support research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance.  Projects should represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined as the period ranging from the 13th to the 17th centuries, and deal with drawings, prints, or illustrated manuscripts.  Projects must also represent the role that these works may have played in the creative process, the history of taste and collecting, or questions of connoisseurship. 

The Arts

Duke University Provost's Postdoctoral Program

Duke recognizes that we need to continue our efforts to enhance diversity in our student and faculty populations, as well as in leadership positions.  The goal of the program is to increase the diversity of scholars who have potential for becoming tenure track faculty at Duke University or peer institutions, particularly in fields where there are fewer women and/or underrepresented minorities.  Postdoctoral awardees are expected to devote their full efforts to research, and may teach a maximum of one course per year.  Postdoctoral awardees are expected to devote their full efforts to research, and may teach a maximum of one course per year.

 

AAUW American Postdoctoral Fellowships

The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education.  Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships are designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research.  The program provides fellowships for women writing their dissertations and those pursuing postdoctoral research. Research publication grants are also available to enable scholars to complete manuscripts for publication. 

 

Short Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the library for the duration of their fellowship.  Each fellow is required to write a brief statement about his or her project and work completed at the Library by the end of the award period. 

 

James Smithdon Fellowship

The James Smithson Fellowship Program was created to offer early career opportunities for scholars interested in gaining a better understanding about the interplay between research and public policy & discourse.  The program is designed for a new generation of leaders, who seek an experience that leverages both scholarly and practical expertise in an environment of innovation like no other.  Fellows must conduct scholarly research at the Smithsonian, strengthen their understanding of the interplay between research and public policy & discourse, and gain skills at leveraging research to inform conversation about public policy & discourse.

 

Howard Foundation Fellowship

The Howard Fellowship is intended primarily to provide artists, scholars, and writers with time to complete their work by either augmenting their paid sabbaticals or providing support to those taking unpaid leave. Offering fellowships in a five-year sequence of fields, the Foundation seeks to offer ten  fellowships of $33,000 to independent projects in the disciplines of photography, anthropology, and archeology this year.  Topics vary each year. The Foundation specifically targets early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Recipients can choose to use the award during the academic year, or postpone the receipt of the fellowship for future use. See their website for details on the application process and eligibility requirements. 

ReimagineIt Grant

ReimagineIt Grants are unconditional, non-matching awards made directly to individual artists to help launch or support careers in the inspiring world of repurposed art. Awards are based on the creative excellence of works submitted for review and are awarded to a limited number of artists of outstanding talent working with found, reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, vintage, or upcycled objects.

Art/Studio Art

Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowship

For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of “the human” is undergoing remarkable transformations, and it has become commonplace to suggest that we have become “posthuman."  Fellows are needed to analyze questions like: How can an understanding of the history of the human-- and the history of human arts and artifacts-- affect and inflect our understanding of the present– and the future?  The successful candidate will be asked to teach a course, lead a faculty/graduate student research group, and/or organize a symposium. 

 

Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowships

The Henry Moore Institute is a world-recognized center for the study of sculpture.  Up to four fellows will be given the opportunity to spend a month in Leeds to develop their own research.  Research Fellowships are intended for artists, scholars and curators working on historic and contemporary sculpture who can make particular use of the Institute's resources: our Research Library, Archive of sculptors' papers and the Leeds sculpture collections. 

 

Fellowship Opportunities in American Art

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States.  Artworks include nineteenth- and twentieth-century marble and bronze sculpture, nineteenth-century landscape painting, Gilded Age and American impressionist paintings, twentieth-century realism, photography and graphic art, folk and self-taught art, Latino art, African American art, and film and media arts.  The collection is housed in a National Historic Landmark building shared by the National Portrait Gallery and the Archives of American Art. 

 

Freer Sackler Galleries (FSGA) The Anna van Biema Fellowship

The Anne van Biema Fellowship was established by bequest to promote excellence in research and publication on the Japanese visual arts.  The Galleries provide magnificent opportunities for collections-based study, and hold world-class library and archival collections related to Japanese visual arts.  Research proposals are evaluated in terms of merit, originality, methodology, and potential for significant publication that will advance scholarly and public understanding of the Japanese visual arts. 

 

GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

Participants are in residence at Getty's Research Institute, where they pursue research to expand their dissertation for publication.  Fellows make use of the Getty's collection, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in intellectual life at Getty's. 

 

ARCE Funded Fellowships: Funded by The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs

The ECA also funds the ARCE Scholar-in-Residence Program for senior scholars, which was established to promote collegiality at the Center.  Post-doctoral scholars are invited to indicate their interest in serving as the ARCE Scholar-in-Residence on the fellowship application.  In addition to conducting his/her research, s/he agrees to advise junior scholars and organize a workshop, conference, or other scholarly activity in consultation with the Director. 

 

IAS Fellowship

The Institute of Advanced Study is Durham University’s leading interdisciplinary research institute. Its major aim is to foster transformational exchanges of ideas and to enable creative collaborations across the entire disciplinary spectrum.  The Institute seeks to catalyze new thinking on major annual themes by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners.  Fellows will engage and forge strong links with at least one department at Durham, and be given the opportunity to deliver papers at events organized to coincide with the annual theme. 

 

The Enid A. Haupt Fellowship In Horticulture

The Smithsonian Institution’s Gardens invites applications for research fellowships in the field of horticulture.  The Enid A. Haupt Fellowship in Horticulture aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of the roles and significance of horticulture in society, and to contribute to the ongoing dialog in the field.   In addition to supporting research in all aspects of American history, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History Library includes thousands of historic horticulture trade catalogs in its collections. 

 

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)

This unique residency offers creative collaboration in a dynamic environment.  It brings together Smithsonian scholars and distinguished visual artists from a variety of disciplines throughout the United States and abroad to explore cross-disciplinary connections.  It strengthens the arts community within the Smithsonian and broadens public interest in and understanding of contemporary art. SARF fellowships support research and do not require recipients to create or exhibit artwork. 

 

Short Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the library for the duration of their fellowship.  Each fellow is required to write a brief statement about his or her project and work completed at the Library by the end of the award period. 

 

David and Julie Tobey Fellowship

One David and Julie Tobey Fellowship, for three months, is available each academic year to support research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance.  Projects should represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined as the period ranging from the 13th to the 17th centuries, and deal with drawings, prints, or illustrated manuscripts.  Projects must also represent the role that these works may have played in the creative process, the history of taste and collecting, or questions of connoisseurship.

 

Mellon Fellowship

The Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowship is designed for scholars who do not have the benefit of sabbatical leave.  The project must represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined as the period ranging from the 13th to the 17th centuries.  Applications would also be welcomed from candidates working on the transmission and circulation of ideas, objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian peninsula, or the historiography of the Italian Renaissance. 

 

The Harry Ransom Center at the University at Texas at Austin Fellowship Program

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.  One- to three-month fellowships are available for post-doctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive work with the Ransom Center's collections.  The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. 

 

Radcliff Fellowship

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender, however. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. We seek to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way. Former fellows of the Radcliffe Institute (2000 to present) are not eligible to apply.

 

BRIC Visual Artist Residency

Each summer, BRIC holds its annual Visual Artist Residency program. Two residents have space in the Artists Studio at BRIC House.  Because BRIC House is a public space with many visitors and activities each week, we will select artists in residence whose work involves little or no noise, no fumes or toxic materials, and who require only moderate access to water.  Space will be provided to selected residents free of charge; artists are also given $500 for materials.

Curatorship/Museum Management

J.S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme for Chinese Art

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme supports curators, museum professionals and Chinese art history research academics taking part in fellowships in the Programme Participating Institutions.  In order to realize the goal of promoting international exchange and cooperation in the field of Chinese art, the Programme requires applicants to be based in museums or institutions in places outside their habitual residence.  The fellowship aims to contribute to the professional enhancement of curators and academics in Chinese art through attachments and fellowships at museums and art institutions in China and overseas. 

 

Smithsonian Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections Program

This fellowship program is offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation or the equivalent or conservation scientists, including those at the postdoctoral level, who wish to conduct research and gain further training in Smithsonian conservation laboratories for conservation of objects in museum collections. Applicants must propose to conduct research in the conservation of objects in museum collections in conservation laboratories at the Smithsonian Institution. Past or current Smithsonian fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for future Smithsonian awards. Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Conservation Fellowships are usually awarded for one year, but applications for shorter periods will be considered with three months being the minimum. In accepting an appointment, the fellow is expected to be in residence at the Smithsonian except for approved absences. Applicants should consult the Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS) in advance to select a proposed advisor who can assist with accessing facilities and necessary equipment.

Design

Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowship

For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of “the human” is undergoing remarkable transformations, and it has become commonplace to suggest that we have become “posthuman.”  Fellows are needed to analyze questions like: How can an understanding of the history of the human-- and the history of human arts and artifacts-- affect and inflect our understanding of the present– and the future?  The successful candidate will be asked to teach a course, lead a faculty/graduate student research group, and/or organize a symposium. 

Media Studies

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

This Fellowship is especially intended for scholars who work in more than one specialty within the humanities, or bridging from the humanities with other disciplines.  The School of Humanities, Arts, and, Social Sciences has four departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, Music and Theater Arts.  Fellows will teach one course in spring 2016 and one per semester the following academic year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time. 

Music/Musicology

Academic Fellowships in American Modernism

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center academic fellowship program strives to provide a supportive environment for the pursuit of research and writing by sponsoring full-time fellowships in American Modernism from the late nineteenth-century to the present.  Research Center fellows have access to the archive and library collections of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum as well as collections from archival and library institutions across the Albuquerque and Santa Fe communities. 

 

Center for Jewish History NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars

The awards support original research at CJH in the humanities, including but not limited to Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and history.  Fellows are expected to conduct original research at the Center, deliver at least one lecture based on the research conducted, and actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center.  The fellow must acknowledge the Center and NEH in all publications resulting from research completed during the fellowship, and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience.

 

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

This Fellowship is especially intended for scholars who work in more than one specialty within the humanities, or bridging from the humanities with other disciplines.  The School of Humanities, Arts, and, Social Sciences has four departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, Music and Theater Arts.

Performing Arts

Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowship

For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of “the human” is undergoing remarkable transformations, and it has become commonplace to suggest that we have become “posthuman.” Fellows are needed to analyze questions like: How can an understanding of the history of the human-- and the history of human arts and artifacts-- affect and inflect our understanding of the present– and the future?  The successful candidate will be asked to teach a course, lead a faculty/graduate student research group, and/or organize a symposium. 

 

The Harry Ransom Center at the University at Texas at Austin Fellowship Program

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.  One- to three-month fellowships are available for post-doctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive work with the Ransom Center's collections.  The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

 

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

This Fellowship is especially intended for scholars who work in more than one specialty within the humanities, or bridging from the humanities with other disciplines.  The School of Humanities, Arts, and, Social Sciences has four departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, Music and Theater Arts.  Fellows will teach one course in spring, and one per semester the following academic year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time.

 

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

The college offers opportunities for faculty development through intimate interdisciplinary exchange and innovative pedagogy and provides an ideal setting for cultivating the creative energies of young scholars.  We seek scholars interested in the study of cultural practices surrounding the care, disposal, and memorialization of the dead.  Candidates should have broad historical and interdisciplinary interests.

Photography

Academic Fellowships in American Modernism

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center academic fellowship program strives to provide a supportive environment for the pursuit of research and writing by sponsoring full-time fellowships in American Modernism from the late nineteenth-century to the present.  Research Center fellows have access to the archive and library collections of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum as well as collections from archival and library institutions across the Albuquerque and Santa Fe communities. 

 

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

The college offers opportunities for faculty development through intimate interdisciplinary exchange and innovative pedagogy and provides an ideal setting for cultivating the creative energies of young scholars.  We seek scholars interested in the study of cultural practices surrounding the care, disposal, and memorialization of the dead.  Candidates should have broad historical and interdisciplinary interests.

 

The Harry Ransom Center at the University at Texas at Austin Fellowship Program

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.  One- to three-month fellowships are available for post-doctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive work with the Ransom Center's collections.  The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

 

Individual Photographer's Fellowship

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.

Various Categories

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Brown University Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research.  Topics vary year to year. 

 

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (for Postdoc researchers, and Senior Researchers)

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program supports independent research and study related to Smithsonian facilities, experts, or collection for the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Postdoctoral Student Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships are typically 3 to 12 months in length. Both are open to US citizens and non-US citizens. Applicants must propose research that is conducted at the Smithsonian in an area of research outlined in the publication, Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS).

 

The George Burch Fellowship

The purpose of the George E. Burch Fellowship is to support a distinguished scholar in residence at the Smithsonian. The fellow may work in any discipline, but the creative effort should, in accordance with the wishes of the donor, be related to medicine. Dr. Burch’s goal is to permit the fellowship recipient time to think with freedom and creativity, and thereby stimulate new medically related theories in his or her discipline. The fellowship is eligible for post-doctoral scholars, whose research interests lie within medicine, biology, physics, chemistry, and fields in the social science and humanities, as it applies to health and medicine. For this fellowship Dr. George E. Burch envisioned awardees who not only possess a strong interest in health or medicine, but have been confined by their usual responsibilities and overlooked by traditional funding sources. Applicants must propose research that is conducted at the Smithsonian in an area of research outlined in the publication, Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS). Applicants should contact staff members to help identify potential advisors, determine the feasibility of the proposed research being conducted at the Smithsonian Institution, and the availability of relevant resources such as staff, collections, archives and library materials during the proposed tenure dates. Current Smithsonian research staff members can be found here.

 

Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship

Scholars from across the country and around the world are invited to apply for the Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship. This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. The fellowship provides an award of $4,000, which is intended to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The recipient is expected to be in residence for a minimum of twenty days during the period of their award and is encouraged to participate in the activities of Yale University. A brief research proposal must include specific details about the relationship of the resources at Yale University to the project and its significance within the larger field of scholarly concern. For details of the resources available at Yale, see the fellowship page linked above.

 

Ford Foundation Fellowships

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.The Ford Foundation offers four fellowship programs including postdoctoral and senior researcher. The senior researcher fellowships aim to bring excellence and diversity to the academic community by supporting the career development of outstanding scholars. The Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship award is open to individuals who have previously held a Ford Foundation Predoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral Fellowship and currently hold a faculty appointment at an accredited U.S. academic institution.

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