Winterthur Research Fellowship Program, 2018–19

Posted in fellowships by Editor on January 8, 2018

Winterthur Research Fellowship Program
Wilmington, Delaware, 2018–19

Applications due by 15 January 2018

Winterthur invites scholars, graduate students, artists, and craftspeople to apply to submit applications to the 2018–2019 Research Fellowships! Fellowships include a 4-month postdoctoral fellowship, 1–2 semester dissertation fellowships, and 1–3 month short-term fellowships.

Winterthur is once again offering short-term ‘Maker-Creator’ Fellowships. These short-term fellowships are designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturalists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works for general audiences.

Fellows have full access to the library collections, including more than 87,000 volumes and one-half million manuscripts and images, searchable online. Resources for the 17th to the early 20th centuries include printed and rare books, manuscripts, period trade catalogues, auction and exhibition catalogues, printed ephemera, and an extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts. Fellows may conduct object-based research in the museum’s collections, which include 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in America to 1860, with a strong emphasis on domestic life. Winterthur also supports a program of scholarly publications including Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture.

Fellows may reside in a furnished stone farmhouse on the Winterthur grounds and participate in the lively scholarly community at Winterthur.

At Winterthur, Fellows experience:
• Unparalleled Collections: Printed and rare books, manuscripts and ephemera, images, museum and garden collections
• A Broad Range of Scholarly Topics and Academic Disciplines: Topics in social and cultural history, art history, religion, literary studies, American studies, design history and decorative arts, material culture, and conservation studies, and topics related to the colonial Americas and United States from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries
• A Collegial Atmosphere: Access to the expertise of librarians, curators, conservators, and research fellows, and graduate students with related interests
• A Material Culture Perspective: Gain experience in seeking new knowledge from the study of the material world

Fellowship applications are due January 15, 2018. For more details and to apply, visit the Research Fellowship web page or email researchapplication@winterthur.org.

Funding Opportunities | Terra Foundation for American Art

Posted in fellowships by Editor on January 8, 2018

Terra Foundation for American Art Academic Awards, Fellowships and Grants
Applications due by 15 January 2018 (some extended to 29 January)

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Research Travel Grants to the United States

These grants enable scholars outside the United States to consult resources and visit collections within the United States. The foundation accepts proposals from doctoral students and postdoctoral and senior scholars working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980. More

International Research Travel Grants for US-based Scholars

These grants offer US-based scholars working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 the opportunity to conduct research abroad. Grant funding is available for doctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior scholars, whose projects require the study of materials outside the United States. More

Terra Summer Residency

The Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American Art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in the historic village of Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate. More

Terra Foundation Visiting Professorships at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin

Three eight-month visiting professorships will aim at fostering the cross-cultural, trans-disciplinary scholarly engagement with North American Art at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin and the art history departments of Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität, respectively. Visiting professors will offer two specialized seminars per semester in American Art History (B.A. and M.A. levels) and participate in the larger academic community of the Kennedy Institute for the duration of their stay. More

Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships at Université Paris Nanterre and Université Paris-Diderot, 2018–22

A new postdoctoral teaching fellowship program, hosted jointly by the Université Paris Nanterre and the Université Paris-Diderot, will begin in fall 2018. Fellows will be nominated for a two-year period (2018–20 and 2020–22) and will instruct American art history and visual culture to graduate students in art history and American cultural history in combination with personal research. More


Digital Publication Initiatives

Terra Foundation for American Art Digital Publication Initiatives are innovative projects that promote the use and application of computational technology and data in the study of the visual arts of the United States and the dissemination of the resulting research. More

The editors of the online journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide are currently accepting proposals for articles addressing art and visual culture of the Americas in the long nineteenth century, from the American Revolution to World War I as part of the series “American Art History Digitally”. More

Fellowships | American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Posted in fellowships by Editor on January 6, 2018

Three upcoming fellowship opportunities in the Department of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Barra American Art Fellowship
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018–19

Applications due by 16 February 2018

Charles Willson Peale, Portrait of Yarrow Mamout (Muhammad Yaro), 1819, oil on canvas (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2011-87-1).

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking to fill the Barra American Art Fellowship, a one year position to begin at the start of the 2018–2019 Academic Year with a possibility of renewal for the 2019–2020 Academic Year. This position is generously endowed by The Barra Foundation in honor of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., with additional support provided by the Robert L. McNeil Endowments for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Barra Fellow will work full-time in the Department of American Art, assisting four days a week in ongoing department research and exhibition projects, with one day reserved for personal research, writing, or travel. Candidates should propose a thesis or area of research interest that can take advantage of the resources of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other area libraries and institutions. Priority will be given to those with projects relating to the Museum’s collection or exhibition program, and to students from the Philadelphia region. Fellows will have library privileges at the PMA and the University of Pennsylvania. At the conclusion of the term, the Barra Fellow will be expected to give a lecture and submit a paper reflecting work done during the residency. The fellowship stipend is $40,000 per twelve month period with additional research and travel funds.

Specifically, you will…
• Assist with departmental research and various exhibition projects
• Conduct research on proposed topic, with an end-of-term lecture and paper to be presented

Your diverse background includes…
• M.A. in art history or a related field
• Prior experience in a museum environment or similar art institution
• Technical proficiency with personal computers and Microsoft Office suite and experience with collection management software
• Prior experience with The Museum System (TMS) is preferred

Application Materials
• A statement of no more than three pages (double spaced) describing your preparation, the general direction of research, and the appropriateness of your studies to resources in Philadelphia
• Resume
• Reference list with the names and contact information of three references
• A writing sample
• A letter of recommendation from one of the listed references mailed to:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646
Attn: Center for American Art

Summer Fellowships in American Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Summer 2018

Applications due by 16 February 2018

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking for graduate students to fill two Summer Fellowships which are supported by the Center for American Art. The summer fellows will be expected to work ten (10) weeks between June 1 and August 31, 2018. The fellowship stipend is $4,000.

Fellowship #1
One summer fellow will be chosen to assist in the Museum’s Department of American Art, contributing to ongoing collection research and exhibition preparation. Graduate students in art history or related fields with an interest in curatorial studies and American painting and sculpture before 1960 are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship #2
One summer fellow will be chosen to assist the Curator of American Decorative Arts in the Museum’s Department of American Art, contributing to ongoing research and writing in preparation for the forthcoming catalogue of the Museum’s American silver collection. Graduate students in art history or related fields with an interest in American decorative arts are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials
• A letter describing your interest and preparation for this position
• Curriculum vitae with education, employment, publications and honors
• Reference list with the names and contact information of three references

Fellowships | Lewis Walpole Library, 2018–19

Posted in fellowships by Editor on December 12, 2017

From The Lewis Walpole Library:

Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants
The Lewis Walpole Library, 2018–19

Applications due by 8 January 2018

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, funds four-week visiting fellowships and two-week travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century materials (mainly British). In addition, the Library administers two jointly funded residential fellowships: The LWL / ASECS Library Fellowship is awarded to an ASECS member in good standing for up to four weeks of research at the Lewis Walpole Library, and The LWL / Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Fellowship is awarded to support up to eight weeks of research in the collections of both libraries.

The Lewis Walpole Library is a research center for eighteenth-century studies and an essential resource for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Its collections include important holdings of eighteenth-century British prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, paintings, and decorative arts. It is located in Farmington, Connecticut, in several eighteenth-century buildings on a fourteen-acre campus.

Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. The fellowship year runs from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, and all fellowships must be completed within the fellowship year. All fellowship 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 substantially 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.

Application materials must be submitted directly through the listing in the Yale Grants Database. Search for Visiting Fellowships Lewis Walpole. Please note you will need to login to access the application form. Decisions are based on a number of factors, including the merits of the project and fit with the collections. Applications for 2018–19 are due Monday, January 8, 2018.

Image: William Dent, French Flight, or, The Grand Monarque and the Rights of Kings Supported in a Sublime and Beautiful Manner, 26 June 1791 (The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, digcoll:2811126).

Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme, 2018–19

Posted in fellowships by Editor on November 12, 2017

Cuypers Research Library at the Rijksmuseum (Photo by Davidh820, Wikimedia Commons, September 2017). From the Rijksmuseum: “The Cuypers Library is the largest and oldest art historical library in the Netherlands. Following an intensive restoration campaign, it has now been fully returned to its former glory. In the newly reopened museum, the visiting public will finally be able to admire the nineteenth-century library’s splendid reading room.”

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Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme, 2018–19
Applications due by 14 January 2018

We welcome international research proposals which open new perspectives on the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history, and activities. The purpose of the programme is to enable applicants to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum and thus to strengthen the bonds between the museum and universities. The focus of research should relate to the Rijksmuseum’s collection and activities and may encompass any of its varied holdings, including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography, and historical artefacts. The programme offers students and academic scholars access to the museum’s collections, library, conservation laboratories, and curatorial expertise. Furthermore, the museum facilitates opportunities for fellows to engage in workshops and excursions to encourage the exchange of knowledge—both amongst themselves and the broader museum audience.

Please review the eligibility, funding and application requirements by visiting the Rijksmuseum website. For the 2018–2019 academic year, candidates can apply for
• Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art historical research – Apply here
• Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research – Apply here
• Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for conservation research – Apply here
• Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fellowship for art historical research – Apply here

The closing date for all applications is 14 January 2018, 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 February 2018. The committee consists of eminent scholars in the relevant fields of study from European universities and institutions and members of the curatorial and conservation staff of the Rijksmuseum. Applicants will be notified by 1 March 2018. All fellowships will start in September 2018.

Further information and application forms are available here. For questions concerning the application procedure, contact Marije Spek, Coordinator of the Fellowship Programme, m.spek@rijksmuseum.nl.



Post-Doctoral Fellowships | The Library Company of Philadelphia

Posted in fellowships by Editor on October 26, 2017

From The Library Company of Philadelphia:

NEH and PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellowships, 2018–19
The Library Company of Philadelphia

Applications due by 1 November 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowships support research in residence at the The Library Company of Philadelphia on any subject relevant to its collections, which are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world form the 17th through the 19th centuries. NEH Fellowships are for individuals who have completed their formal professional training. Consequently, degree candidates and individuals seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible to hold NEH-supported fellowships. Advanced degree candidates must have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline, 1 November 2017. Foreign nationals are not eligible to apply unless they have lived in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. NEH fellowships are tenable for four to nine months. The stipend is $4,200 per month.

Program in Early American Economy and Society Post-Doctoral Fellowships support research in the collections of the Library Company and other nearby institutions into the origins and development of the early American economy, broadly conceived, to roughly 1850. PEAES fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to investigate the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, economic policy making and other topics. Applicants may be citizens of any country, and they must hold a Ph.D. by 1 September 2018. The stipend is $40,000 for the academic year, or if the award is divided between two scholars, $20,000 per semester.

Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. The Library Company’s Cassatt House fellows’ residence offers rooms at reasonable rates, along with a kitchen, common room, and offices with internet access, available to resident and non-resident fellows at all hours. All post-doctoral fellowships are tenable from 1 September 2018 through 31 May 2019, and fellows must be in continuously in residence at the Library Company for the duration of their fellowships.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 November 2017 with a decision to be made by December 15. Make just one application; you will automatically be considered for all the fellowships for which you are eligible. To apply, go to the application page to fill out an online coversheet and upload a single portable document format (PDF) containing a brief résumé, a two- to four-page description of proposed research, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. In addition, two letters of recommendation should be submitted online in PDF format.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of the proposed topic before applying. For more information about the NEH award, contact James Green via telephone (215) 546-3181 or email jgreen@librarycompany.org. For more information about the PEAES award, email Cathy Matson at cmatson@udel.edu.

2018–19 James Smithson Fellowship: History, Memory, and Authenticity

Posted in fellowships by Editor on October 25, 2017

2018–19 James Smithson Fellowship: History, Memory, and Authenticity
Applications due by 15 January 2018

The Smithsonian Institution invites applications for the 2018–19 James Smithson Fellowship. The theme for this coming year is “History, Memory, and Authenticity.”

After hearing the Declaration of Independence read aloud on the night of July 9, 1776, a group of American colonists proceeded to Lower Manhattan, tied ropes around an equestrian statue of King George III, and pulled it down. Although debate about public symbols and what they represent is as old as our nation itself, recently the volume of public discourse attempting to reconcile meaning attached to historic people, objects, and places has increased. As discussion about history’s ‘authenticity’ in social media and modern society has surged, so too has dialogue about the meaning of scientific research and its uses in public life.

This public desire for modern life to be better informed by history and science presents an opportunity for researchers to engage in a number of pressing conversations on the national and global level.

The James Smithson Fellowship is open to post-doctoral students in the fields of science, the humanities, and the arts. The James Smithson Fellowship Program was created to offer early career opportunities for post-doctoral researchers interested in gaining a better understanding about the interplay between scholarship and public policy through a Smithsonian lens. While this fellowship provides an immersion experience working with Smithsonian researchers and relevant collections, it also affords fellows a hands-on opportunity to explore relationships between research and public policy through direct interaction with Smithsonian leaders, and with policy leaders throughout the Washington, DC network.

The program is designed for a new generation of leaders, who seek a experience that leverages both scholarly and practical expertise in an environment of innovation like no other. Among the goals of the James Smithson Fellowship are to provide fellows with the opportunity to
• Conduct scholarly research at the Smithsonian
• Strengthen understanding of the interplay between research and public policy
• Gain skills at leveraging research to inform conversations about public policy

To support independent research and study, the fellowship includes a base stipend of $53,000. In addition to this base stipend, allowances may also be provided to help cover relocation, health insurance, and research expenses.

Additional information is available here»

Library Research Grants from the Getty

Posted in fellowships, opportunities, resources by Editor on August 12, 2017

From The Getty:

Getty Research Institute Library Research Grants
Applications due by 16 October 2017

Getty Library Research Grants provide partial, short-term support for researchers requiring the use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The GRI’s grant budget has been generously supplemented by donations from Getty Research Institute Council members and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Specialized Library Research Grant Opportunities
In addition to the open call for applications relating to projects utilizing any specific area of the GRI’s collections, several focused grants will be awarded in the following areas of study:
• Research related to the modern commercial art market, Los Angeles modern architecture, or design
• Research in the area of 18th-century German art as it relates to the religious, philosophical, and aesthetic contextualization of the Romantic movement
• Research within the GRI’s photo archive, a collection of two million photographs of works of art and architecture providing opportunities for original pictorial research in the fine arts, including the history of photography
• Research that utilizes the Conservation Collection, specialized research materials related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage

Library Research Grants are intended for researchers of all nationalities and at any level who demonstrate a compelling need to use materials housed in the Research Library, and whose place of residence is more than eighty miles from the Getty Center. Projects must relate to specific items in the library collection. (To search the collections, please consult the Research Library’s Search Tools and Databases.)

Library Research Grants are intended to provide partial support for costs relating to travel, lodging, and living expenses. Housing is not provided. In general, grants are awarded as follows depending upon the distance traveled:
• Within California (must be more than 80 miles away from GRI): $800
• North America, including Canada and Mexico: $1,500
• International outside of North America: $3,000

The research period may range from several days to a maximum of three months. These terms apply as of August 2017 and are subject to future changes. Please see important information about the terms of these grants here.

Notification Process
Applicants are notified of the Research Institute’s decision approximately two months following the deadline. Applicants who do not receive grant awards are still welcome to use the Research Library in accordance with its access policy.

Application Availability and Deadline
Complete application materials are now accepted through an online application process only. The next deadline to submit application materials (including letters of recommendation) for these grants is 5:00pm (PDT) October 16, 2017.

More information is available here»

Thomas Campbell Receives Getty/Rothschild Fellowship

Posted in fellowships, museums by Editor on July 31, 2017

Press release (27 July 2017) from The Getty:

The Getty and the Rothschild Foundation today announced Dr. Thomas P. Campbell as the second recipient of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship. The fellowship supports innovative scholarship in the history of art, collecting, and conservation, using the collection and resources of both institutions. It 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.

As the ninth director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009 to 2017, Campbell pursued a groundbreaking agenda that combined scholarship with accessibility. He reinforced the Museum’s excellence in its collections, exhibitions, publications and international engagement while reimagining the visitor experience both in the galleries and via an industry-leading digital presence. During his tenure, the museum increased its audience by 40%. His project for the Getty Rothschild fellowship will focus on the changing environment in which museums are operating and the ways art and cultural heritage can be used to promote mutual understanding.

The selection process for the Getty Rothschild fellowship considers a number of criteria, including whether the applicant’s work would benefit from proximity to the Getty and Rothschild collections. Fellowships are for up to eight months, with the time split equally between the Getty and Waddesdon Manor. Campbell will be at the Getty from November 2017 to February 2018 and at Waddesdon Manor from March to June 2018. Fellows also receive a stipend during their time at both locations. The fellowship is administered by the Getty Foundation.

Campbell says of his selection for the fellowship: “I am honored to be named a Getty/Rothschild fellow and to be given the opportunity to devote the coming year to examine, first, the fundamental question of where the cultural sector is heading as it responds to various geo-political, economic and digital challenges. And second, the related question of how we can use art and culture as a gateway to promote understanding in an ever-more connected but ever-more divided world.”

The inaugural recipient of the fellowship was Dr. David Saunders, a foremost expert in the area of conservation science who worked on museum and gallery lighting during the fellowship. In 2014, Lord Jacob Rothschild received the Getty Medal for his contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts.

Post-doctoral Fellowships from the Volkswagen Foundation

Posted in fellowships by Editor on June 19, 2017

From the Volkswagon Foundation:

Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities in the U.S. and Germany
Applications due by 12 September 2017

Through its funding initiative “Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in Germany and the USA” the Volkswagen Foundation aims to strengthen transatlantic academic relations, especially in the field of the Humanities. In this funding initiative, the Volkswagen Foundation works closely with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York.

In the context of this initiative, the two foundations cooperate with several universities and research institutes of excellence in Germany, in the USA, and Canada. In general, however, applicants are able to apply to a host university or research institute of their choice.

• Call: Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutions in Germany. Application deadline is September 12, 2017. The Fellowships address postdocs based at American universities and research institutes working in the Humanities who wish to spend some time in Germany working on a research project. Details of conditions and the application procedure can be found under Information for Applicants 97 (pdf). Applications must be filed electronically via the electronic application system.

• Call: Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in the U.S. and Canada. Application deadline is September 5, 2017. The Fellowships address postdocs based at German universities and research institutes who wish to spend some time in the USA or in Canada working on their research project, or to concentrate on a particular aspect of their postdoctoral dissertation. Details of conditions and the application procedure can be found under Information for Applicants 96 (pdf). Applications must be filed electronically via the electronic application system.

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The Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen is one of the cooperating partners. The Fellowships address postdocs at American universities and research institutes working in the Humanities who wish to spend some time at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg working on a research project. The institute invites early career scholars to join one of our research groups focusing on either 1) Göttingen and European Enlightenment(s) within its wider Atlantic and Global Contexts, 2) Human Rights, Constitutional Politics and Religious Diversity, 3) Modern Jewish Studies: literary, intellectual and cultural history, or 4) European Intellectual History / History of Political Thought. The composition of each research group will be a mixture of Senior Fellows, Mid-Career Fellows, Early Career Fellowships (ECF), Göttingen Faculty, and Ph.D. students. ECFs offer early career scholars opportunities to take their research to more advanced levels set up new projects and prepare themselves for their professional future as academic teachers, researchers, and administrators.