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Fellowships and Postdocs for Creative Practice & Scholarly Inquiry

Major Fellowships for Arts Faculty: Fall 2017 Deadlines

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

"Midcareer" awards intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation understands advanced professionals to be those who as writers, scholars, or scientists have a significant record of publication, or as artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, or the like, have a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work. Open to citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Yale University Institute of Sacred Music Fellowships (Residential)

The ISM Fellows (Senior and Postdoctoral) are scholars, religious leaders, and artists at all career stages whose work is in or is moving to the fields of sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts. Scholars in the humanities or the social or natural sciences, whose work is directly related to these areas, are also encouraged to apply. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community, and they may have the option to teach. The work of the Institute touches a broad array of disciplines, including: Anthropology ~ Art ~ Architecture ~ Composition ~ Creative Writing ~ Ethnomusicology ~ Film Studies ~ History of Art or Architecture ~ Languages ~ Literature ~ Liturgical Studies ~ Musicology ~ Religious Studies ~ Ritual Studies ~ Sociology ~ Theatre Studies ~ Theology ~ World Religions among many more. Yale especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

 

Fellowships Supporting Scholarly Research

These fellowships do not support creative works.

American Council of Learned Societies Nonresidential Fellowships
ACLS is a leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences, providing fellowships and grants through 12 programs (sampling provided below). All postdoctoral fellowships require Ph.D. or equivalent experience.

  • ACLS Fellowships
    The awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Fellowship tenure must not begin before July 1, 2018 or end after February 1, 2019.  Multiple fellowship programs specifically awarded for research in English and American literature, Chinese arts and letters, modern Chinese history, International and Area Studies, US history, and music studies.  ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.

 

  • ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship
    Supports small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively on a single, substantive project in the humanities and related social sciences. The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit. Tenure: up to a total tenure period of 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2018 and September 1, 2020.

 

 

  • Getty/ ACLS Post-doctoral Fellowships in the History of Art
    Supports an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.

 

 

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Scholars Program: Residential Fellowship for Untenured Faculty (Cambridge, MA)

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship, with four awards made each year, and that a mentorship program will pair each Visiting Scholar with an Academy Fellow who is an expert in a similar field of study. In order to focus the program on scholars at the postdoctoral level, the Visiting Scholar fellowships for junior faculty will be discontinued.opportunity to interact with Academy members. Required Ph.D., J.D., (within the last 10 years), or equivalent professional training.

 

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art: 2018-19 Residential Fellowships (Washington, DC)

Fellowships for senior fellows, visiting senior fellows, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and predoctoral fellows for scholars conducting research in the field. Fellows and professors who relocate to Washington are provided with housing in apartments near the National Gallery of Art, subject to availability and with studies in the East Building of the Gallery. Lectures, colloquia, shoptalks, and other scholarly gatherings complement the fellowship program.  Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period. Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships support research on European art before the early 19th century. The William C. Seitz Senior Fellowship primarily supports research on modern and contemporary art. CASVA also offers a postdoctoral program for junior scholars and short-term (2 months or less) visiting senior fellowships.

General Info: https://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/casva/fellowships.html

Deadline: September 21, 2017

Deadline: October 15, 2017

 

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2018–2020

 

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, 2018–2019

 

Getty Scholar Grants (Residential)

Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

 

Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art - *new*

Fellowships intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.  ACLS will award 10 fellowships, each with a salary-replacement stipend of $60,000, plus $5,000 for research and travel during the award period. The fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the work proposed. Awards also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Research Institute following the fellowship period.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Art History Fellowships (Residential)

Fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum (New York City) are an opportunity for a community of scholars from around the world to use the Museum as a place for exchange, research, and professional advancement. Applicants submit a specific research proposal that makes use of the Museum's collection and/or resources, and accepted fellows spend the majority of their time working on that project. Additional fellowships are available in specific areas of art history.

• Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

This two-year fellowship at The Met provides curatorial training and an opportunity for the fellow to engage with a community of scholars from around the world. The fellow is fully integrated into one of the Museum's curatorial departments, while devoting his or her time to a specific Met project. The individual works directly with one or more curators, who serve as supervisors and mentors throughout the term of the fellowship.
Deadline: November 3, 2017
Amount: $52,425,
plus research, travel and benefits.
Info: http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/fellowships/andrew-w-mellon-postdoctoral-curatorial-fellowship\

Art History Fellowships

All fellowships must take place between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018. PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars are eligible to apply.  Junior fellows are those applicants who are currently working on their PhD; senior fellows are those who hold a PhD on the date of application and/or are well-established scholars.

• Research Scholarship in Photograph Conservation

The Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation works on-site in the photograph conservation lab of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation. The Research Scholar is fully integrated into the community of art history and conservation fellows and takes part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of The Met.

The Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation works on-site in the photograph conservation lab of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation. The Research Scholar is fully integrated into the community of art history and conservation fellows and takes part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of The Met.

 

National Humanities Center Fellowship (Residential)

The Center, located in Research Triangle Park, NC, annually welcomes up to forty scholars from all fields of the humanities. Individually, the Fellows pursue their own research and writing. Together, they create a stimulating community of intellectual discourse. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials along with a strong record of peer-reviewed work, normally a published monograph or other major project. Emerging scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. In addition to researchers from all fields of the humanities, the Center invites scholars from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects to apply. Applicants from all parts of the world are welcome; U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

 

Stanford University Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships Humanities Center Fellowships (Residential)

The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year term (with the possibility of a third). Fellows teach two courses per year in one of Stanford’s fifteen humanities departments, and are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the program and will be affiliated with the Stanford Humanities Center. Program admissions focus on selected fields of scholarship in each application year (on a rotating basis). For fellowships beginning Fall 2018, applications will be accepted from the following fields of study: History and Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

 

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University) Fellowship (Residential)

One year residential fellowship. Each of the more than 850 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them. Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more. The theme of citizenship—local, national, and global— is a two-year initiative across the programs of the Radcliffe Institute and fellows in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged to apply with projects that involve the study of women, gender, and society.  Additionally, applications that draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is part of the Radcliffe Institute and one of the foremost archives on women’s history will be prioritized.  Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2018 through May 31, 2019. Visual, film, and video artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters.

 

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships (Residential)

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program supports independent research and study related to Smithsonian facilities, experts, or collection for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.  SI Fellowships are awarded annually to scholars wishing to conduct independent study or research at one or more of the Smithsonian’s 19 units and research centers. Senior Researcher Fellowships must have held a Ph.D. or equivalent for at least 7 years. Postdoctoral awards are also available.  Applicant 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 program is open to US citizens and Non-US citizens.

 

Updated 7.28.17, Research Grants Coordinator Stephanie Moore