From the Terra Foundation:
Terra Foundation for American Art Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants
Fall 2017 Awards
Letters of inquiry due by 15 March 2017
The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that further research of American art in an international context. Academic program funding is available for in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500–1980) that take place
• In Chicago or outside the United States, or
• In the United States and examine American art within an international context and include a significant number of international participants.
Additionally, the foundation welcomes applications for international research groups. Such groups should involve 2 to 4 faculty members from two or more academic institutions, at least one of which must be located outside the United States. Groups should pursue specific research questions that will advance scholarship and meet in person two or more times.
Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants include all visual art categories except architecture, performance art, and commercial film/animation. We favor programs that place objects and practices in an art historical perspective.
Note: The foundation funds museum-organized educational programs related to exhibitions through its Exhibition Grants; therefore only organizers from universities and research institutes may apply for exhibition-related programs through the Academic Program area.
Within a given year, the foundation seeks to support a range of topics. Please note that grants in this area are typically capped at $25,000 with exceptions only made for unusual circumstances.
While the Terra Foundation for American Art welcomes recurring requests, organizations that have submitted multiple applications should note that the foundation also attempts to fund programs at a variety of organizations. Due to the competitive nature of this program area, not every request can be funded, regardless of prior support.
From the Bard Graduate Center:
BGC Visiting Fellowships, 2017–18: What Is Distance?
Bard Graduate Center, New York
Applications due by 1 March 2017 [extended from 1 November 2016]
Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2017–18 academic year. The theme for this period is “What is distance?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the Bard Graduate Center Research Center and enable them to be a part of our dynamic scholarly community in New York. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Visiting Fellowships may be awarded for anywhere from one month to the full academic year.
Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. It offers MA and PhD degrees, possesses a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials, and publishes the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions it presents every year in its gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are live-streamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.
To apply, please submit the following materials electronically, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, in a single PDF file: (1) cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation and how your work bears on the question “What is distance?” Please also indicate your preferred length and dates of the fellowship; (2) 150-word abstract of project; (3) detailed project description; (4) CV; (5) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages; (6) names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation are not required. All materials must be received by March 1, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award. Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Please direct questions to the Visiting Fellowship Committee via email (email@example.com) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
James Loeb Fellowship for the Classical Tradition in Art and Architecture
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 3 months, starting either in June or September 2017
Applications due by 15 March 2017
The Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte will award two James Loeb Fellowships for the Classical Tradition in Art and Architecture. The fellowship commemorates James Loeb (1867 New York – 1933 München), graduate of Harvard University, initiator of the Loeb Classical Library project, and art collector. The fellowship is intended to support research that reflects Loeb’s central interests. The fellowship is intended for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who have graduated within the last five years and who are working on a project related to the classical tradition in art and architecture, from the Middle Ages to the present. Fellows are expected to partake in the activities of the ZI and to present the fellowship project. The fellowship lasts three months, starting either on June 1, 2017 or on September 1, 2017. In addition to a monthly stipend of 1.500€, lodging will be provided in a form of an apartment. Individuals applying from outside of Germany may be awarded a one-time travel subvention.
Please submit a CV and a project description (no more than 3000 characters) and the contact information of two potential referees. Please send your application in electronic form by March 15, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, please contact Sonja Nakagawa, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10, 80333 München: email@example.com.
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2017–18
Applications due by 12 March 2017
The Rijksmuseum operates a research Fellowship Programme for outstanding candidates working on the art and history of the Low Countries whose principal concern is object-based research. The aim of the programme is to train a new generation of museum professionals: inquisitive object-based specialists who will further develop understanding of art and history for the future. The focus of research should relate to the Rijksmuseum’s collection and may encompass any of its varied holdings, including Netherlandish paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography, and historical artefacts. The purpose of the programme is to enable applicants to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, to strengthen the bonds between the universities and the Rijksmuseum, and to encourage the understanding of Netherlandish art and history. The programme offers students and academic scholars access to the museum’s collections, library, conservation laboratories and curatorial expertise.
Please review the eligibility, funding and application requirements by visiting the Rijksmuseum website. For the 2017–2018 academic year, candidates can apply for
• Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art historical research
• Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research
• Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for conservation research
• Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fellowship for photo-historical research
• Dr. Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fellowship for art historical research
The closing date for all applications is 12 March 2017, at 6:00pm (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after this deadline. All applications must be submitted online and in English. Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted. Selection will be made by an international committee in April 2017. The committee consists of eminent scholars in the relevant fields of study from European universities and institutions and members of the curatorial staff of the Rijksmuseum. Applicants will be notified by 1 May 2017. All Fellowships will start in September 2017. Further information and application forms are available here.
Early Career Fellowships
The Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study, October 2017 — July 2019
The Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, invites applications for up to 10 Early Career Fellowships. For the period October 2017 to July 2019, we are inviting early career scholars to join one of the research groups for the study of
• Globalising the Enlightenment: Knowledge, Culture, Travel, Exchange, and Collections
• Human Rights, Constitutional Politics, and Religious Diversity
• Moritz Stern Fellowships in Modern Jewish Studies: Cultural, Intellectual, and Literary History (in cooperation with the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
Please find more information here.
The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, invites applications to its 2017–18 fellowship program:
Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants
The Lewis Walpole Library, 2017–18
Applications due by 9 January 2017
Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the library’s rich collections of eighteenth century materials (mainly British), including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings. In addition, the library offers a joint fellowship award with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to support up to eight weeks of research in both collections. Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply.
Recipients are expected to be in residence at the library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art. Residential fellowships include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation for four weeks in an eighteenth-century house on the library’s campus, and a per diem living allowance. Travel grants cover transportation costs to and from Farmington for research trips of shorter duration and include on-site accommodation.
Application details and requirements are available here. The application deadline is January 9, 2017. Awards will be announced in March.
Visiting Scholar Awards
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
Applications due by 9 January 2017
The Yale Center for British Art’s Visiting Scholar Awards provide academic, museum, and independent scholars, as well as doctoral students, working in any field related to British art an opportunity to study the Center’s collection. Awards are offered to scholars and predoctoral students working in any discipline, including history, the history of art, literature, and other fields related to British art. Predoctoral applicants from North America must be ABD to qualify.
One award per annum is reserved for a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Scholars may apply to the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, for awards in the same year; every effort will be made to offer consecutive dates.
Postdoctoral awards may be held between one to four consecutive months. While all applications are given equal consideration, stays of at least two months are encouraged. Predoctoral awards may be held from one to two months.
Awards cover the cost of travel to and from New Haven, and provide accommodation as well as a living allowance. Recipients are required to be in residence in New Haven for the duration of their award and must be free of all other significant professional responsibilities during their stay.
The closing date for awards is Monday, January 9, 2017. Applicants should complete the online application and upload a cover letter (no more than one page), a CV, an outline of the project (no more than three pages) that provides an indication of the resources to be consulted at the Center, and preferred months of tenure. Applicants should also provide a title for their research project and place their full name on each page of the application. Two confidential letters of recommendation should be e-mailed to Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) under separate cover by the same deadline.
More information is available here»
The Getty and the Rothschild Foundation today announced the creation of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship, which will support innovative scholarship in the history of art, collecting, and conservation, using the collection and resources of both institutions. The fellowship offers art historians, museum professionals, or conservators the opportunity to research and study at both the Getty in Los Angeles and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England. The inaugural fellow is Dr. David Saunders, a foremost expert in the area of conservation science who will work on museum and gallery lighting during the fellowship.
“The Getty and the Rothschild Foundation hold similar values regarding the understanding and conservation of visual art around the world, and it is only appropriate that we would work together to support individuals who demonstrate these values through their research,” says Jim Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “We are pleased to award the inaugural Getty Rothschild Fellowship to Dr. Saunders, whose work in museum lighting has been of long-standing interest to the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Museum.”
Dr. Saunders is a former principal scientist at The National Gallery and keeper of conservation, documentation, and research at the British Museum. Now an independent researcher, Saunders is writing what will be a seminal book about museum and gallery lighting. Waddesdon is an ideal place to advance his research, as it will serve as a case study for the upcoming publication. The Flint House, the RIBA award-winning Rothschild Foundation property, will provide an exceptional environment in which the fellow will stay while working at Waddesdon.
“The Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon Manor are delighted to be collaborating with the Getty on this Fellowship, which will nurture high-level scholarship on subjects which are close to the hearts of both institutions, whether in the fields of art and art history, collecting, conservation or the application of new technologies to the museum and heritage worlds. I am particularly pleased that our first Fellow will be David Saunders, whose work is of the greatest possible relevance to Waddesdon, as a historic house seeking to present itself in innovative ways,” says Lord Rothschild, OM GBE.
The selection process for the Getty Rothschild fellowship includes a number of criteria, including whether the applicant’s work would benefit from proximity to the Getty and Rothschild collections. Fellowships will be for up to eight months, with the time split equally between the Getty and Waddesdon Manor. Dr. Saunders will be at the Getty from January to March 2017 and at Waddesdon Manor from April to June 2017. Fellows will also receive a stipend during their time at both locations. The fellowship is administered by the Getty Foundation.
In 2014, Lord Jacob Rothschild received the Getty Medal for his contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts.
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership
Hans Sloane’s Books: An Early Enlightenment Library and Its Material Relationships
London, 3 October 2016 — 30 September 2019
Applications due by 6 July 2016
Queen Mary University of London and the British Library intend to make a PhD studentship appointment under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme (CDP) from autumn 2016.
The project will investigate the intellectual significance of the library of Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753) to the gathering and dissemination of medical and scientific knowledge in the Enlightenment period. It will focus on Sloane’s library (now housed within the British Library) in relation to his wider collection of natural and artificial specimens, now divided between the Natural History and British Museums. The research will be co-supervised by the British Library and Queen Mary. The project offers privileged access to Sloane’s books at shelf as well as extensive curatorial support in their study and interpretation, in addition to the standard academic doctoral training and supervision.
The project is open to either full-time or part-time students. Studentships are awarded for 3 years (or part-time equivalent) initially, at RCUK rates and subject to standard eligibility criteria for RCUK training grants. Additional Student Development Funding is available to allow time for further training and skills development opportunities that are agreed as part of the PhD programme. If required, this may be used to extend the studentship by up to six months (or part-time equivalent). The British Library also offers the student generous research expenses funding, specialist training, and access to work-space within its curatorial offices.
Application guidelines and a detailed description of the project are available here. Candidates with interests in bibliography, book history, the material book, the history of science and medicine, early-modern scientific literary writing, exchange networks, and the history of collections will be especially welcome. Once recruited, the successful PhD candidate will contribute to the development of the final agreed research topic. Potential candidates are welcome to contact Professor Claire Preston (Queen Mary – email@example.com) and Dr Karen Limper-Herz (the British Library – Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
Ornamentation and Decoration: The Grammar of the Orders, the Rhetoric
of Opulence, the Appeal to the Eye at European Courts, 1680–1750
La Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura, Torino, January — December 2017
Applications due by 24 July 2016
The Study Program on the Age and the Culture of Baroque aims to promote research in this field of knowledge and to open up career opportunities to young scholars at academic and cultural institutions. Toward this end, the Foundation has launched from 2013 to 2016 a call for proposals to award fellowships on the Culture of Baroque for young Italian and foreign scholars 35 years old and younger. Now in its fourth edition, the program is currently accepting applications addressing the theme Ornamentation and Decoration: The Grammar of the Orders, the Rhetoric of Opulence, the Appeal to the Eye at European Courts, 1680–1750 (Ornamento e decorazione: La grammatica degli ordini, la retorica dell’opulenza, la piacevolezza dello sguardo nell’Europa delle Corti, 1680–1750).
Between the late 17th century and the first half of the 18th century, ornamentation and decoration become central at the Courts across Europe. The peculiar formulations of the various European Courts, that reflect individual artistic expressions and diversified trends in taste, pursue the definition of a new rhetoric: the association, implementation, and reinvention of the orders; the affirmation or complete redefinition of artistic hierarchies; a new balance between internal and external spaces; new and diff erentiated approaches to the memories of the past. The resulting subjects and shapes become characteristic in their own right and serve as models of variations on set themes that, together,
make up whole repertoires in architecture, painting and sculpture as well as in the art of jewelry and in furniture design for the Courts spaces. The centrality of the ornament takes different forms in the culture of the Baroque period, and sweeps across history, literature, philosophy, and music.
Applicants are invited to submit research proposals and original projects that, in the framework of the theme and time-frame presented here, or significant segments thereof, provide a comparative synchronic or diachronic analysis of two or more geographical centers or of limited territories.
Each of the five Fellowships will consist of an annual grant amounting to €23,000 before tax and other charges. Each Fellowship will last for one year, starting 1st January 2017 and ending 31st December 2017. It may be renewed for an additional quarter, without compensation and upon request of the Fellow, supported by the tutors opinion and subject to approval by the Foundation, that reserves the right to decide on the matter. A tutor will be appointed by the Foundation as an expert in the selected discipline, in agreement with the grantee, to support the grantee in the research activity and to evaluate the outcomes. Refunds of documented travel expenses related to the Fellowship project are envisaged for up to €1,500 per year and must be authorized in advance by the Foundation (‘mission procedure’) on a proposal by the tutor. The 2016 Notice of Competition and the online application forms are available on the Foundation’s website.