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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.

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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

Eligibility
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.)

Terms
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.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, 2017–2020

Posted in fellowships by Editor on May 27, 2017

From the National Gallery of Art in Washington:

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2017–2020

Applications due by 30 June 2017

The National Gallery of Art is pleased to announce a postdoctoral curatorial fellowship for 2017–2020 funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This is a two-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The fellowship provides curatorial training and supports scholarly research related to the collection of the National Gallery of Art. The fellow is fully integrated into a specific curatorial department with duties, privileges, and status equivalent to those of an assistant curator. Time is divided between specific projects and general curatorial work within the department, including research on the collection and new acquisitions, work on the presentation of the collection, participation in aspects of special exhibition projects, and opportunities to give public lectures. The fellow will plan and complete a project in consultation with the supervising curator.

Consideration is given to candidates working in fields represented by the Gallery’s permanent collection of European and American art. Placements are available in the departments of old master prints, sculpture and decorative arts, American paintings, modern and contemporary art, and photographs. The doctoral degree in art history (or the equivalent in countries outside the United States) must be or have been officially conferred within five years (preferably three years) of the start date of the fellowship. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.

More information is available here»

Workshop and Symposium Grants from the Terra Foundation

Posted in fellowships, opportunities, resources by Editor on February 17, 2017

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.

Fellowships | Bard Graduate Center, 2017–18

Posted in fellowships by Editor on February 6, 2017

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 fellowships@bgc.bard.edu, 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 (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.