Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship, 2022–23

Posted in fellowships by Editor on April 17, 2022

From the Paul Mellon Centre:

Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship
The British School at Rome, three months between September 2022 and July 2023

Applications due by 29 April 2022

The Rome Fellowship offers one individual the opportunity to research in Rome for three months, whilst being hosted by the British School at Rome (BSR). Whilst based at the BSR the Fellow will have access to their have a specialist library with c. 110,000 volumes, their rich collection of maps and rare prints, as well as the photographic archive which includes prints and negatives of rare and unique collections.

The Fellowship provides residential accommodation and meals at the BSR, which hosts some 35 individuals at any one time, from academics and fine artists who have all won awards to spend an extended period in Rome. There is a big sense of community at the BSR with fellows and residents encouraged to take part in the vibrant life, from communal dining to events. A recent Rome Fellow said that his time in Rome was enhanced by the “the extraordinary intellectual, creative, and supporting environment of the BSR.”

To be eligible to apply for the Rome Fellowship you must be an individual who is working on a topic British-Italian art or architectural history and who requires dedicated time in Rome to visit collections, libraries, archives, or historic sites. The scope is relatively wide, please contact the Fellowships & Grants Manager with any questions regarding topic eligibility.

The individual needs to be able to take up the Fellowship for three months between September 2022 – July 2023 and applications are open to scholars, researchers, curators, archivists and GLAM professionals from any country but who must be willing to engage with the Italian language (lessons will be included if needed). Alongside receiving free accommodation and meals, there will be an honorarium awarded to the individual.

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on 29 April. References are due by Thursday, 5 May. The successful applicant will be notified by the end of May.

Fellowships | Ecology, Ephemeral Architecture, and Imperialism

Posted in fellowships by Editor on November 16, 2021

The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library underwent a major renovation between 2015 and 2017, carried out by the Architectural Resources Group. As noted at the ARG website, “Donated to the University of California in 1926 during its construction, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library was one of the earliest locally designated historic landmarks for the City of Los Angeles and has also been listed on the California Register of Historic Places. ARG served as Prime Architect for a rehabilitation of the building, which included a seismic retrofit, accessibility and fire-safety upgrades, and a new entry pavilion.” The project earned a Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation in 2018. Photograph by Stephen Schafer, from the ARG website.

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As noted at ASECS:

The Forgotten Canopy: Ecology, Ephemeral Architecture, and Imperialism in the Caribbean, South American, and Transatlantic Worlds
Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2022–2023
Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA

Organized by Stella Nair and Paul Niell

Proposals due by 1 February 2022

The 2022–23 core conference program to be held by the Center for 17th– & 18th-Century Studies at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library will convene scholars around the topics of “Ecology,” “Ephemeral Architecture,” and “Imperialism” in the early modern (16th–19th- century) world. The circum-Caribbean is our starting point, specifically we use this term to refer to the deep connections between the peoples and places of the Caribbean and South America, along with parts of North America. Due to national politics, language barriers, and scholarly divisions that have their roots in the European colonization of the Americas, the long and complex history of exchange among these regions and peoples have been greatly understudied. In truth, this history of entanglement across water and land stretches back millennia, resulting in a rich and diverse built environment that is deeply tied to ecological change. This dynamic did not end with the invasion of 1492, but rather continued to expand and accelerate when people, plants, and empires came from across the Atlantic. Using ephemeral architecture—in particular the complex and exquisite creation of thatch roofs as the leading thread in these tapestries of exchange—this series of conferences highlights the profound ways in which environmental practices, botanical knowledge, technological development, architectural innovation, and creative expression were deeply tied across these distinct regions and peoples, and impacted by imperial actions. This conference series brings an unusually diverse number of disciplines together in order to unpack these complex dynamics, which challenge how we understand the built environment, the early modern Atlantic world, and the intersections between the local and the global.

Topic 1: Ecologies
4–5 November 2022

Topic 2: Ephemeral Architectures
10–11 February 2023

Topic 3: Imperialism
14–15 April 2023

The theme-based resident fellowship program, established with the support of the Ahmanson Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust, is designed to promote the participation of junior scholars in the Center’s yearlong core program. Awards are for three consecutive quarters in residence at the Clark. Scholars must have received their doctorates in the last six years (2016–2022), and their research should pertain to the announced theme. Fellows are expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s workshops and seminars. The deadline for fellowship applications for the 2022–2023 year is 1 February 2022. Further details and a link to our online application can be found at the Center’s website.

The Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies provides a forum for the discussion of central issues in the field of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies. It organizes academic programs, bringing together scholars from the region, the nation, and the world, with the goal of encouraging research from as early as the time of Lope de Vega and William Shakespeare to the defeat of Napoléon and the death of Lord Byron. Established in 1985, the Center also administers the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, located on a historic property in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Clark serves as the research laboratory for a distinguished array of fellows working either in early modern studies or the fin-de-siècle world of Oscar Wilde. The Center also offers a range of cultural programs, including chamber music concerts, theatrical performances, and lectures.

Student Funding | Research Related to Castletown House, County Kildare

Posted in fellowships, graduate students by Editor on August 16, 2021

From the application form:

Kevin B. Nowlan Castletown Bursary
Applications due by 13 November 2021

The Kevin B. Nowlan Castletown Bursary was established in 2017 in honour of the late Professor Nowlan, who chaired the Castletown Foundation for more than three decades. The scholarship, advertised biannually, aims to further research on the history, architecture, collections, and estate of Castletown House in County Kildare. Applicants must be registered students and engaged in research which focuses on or relates to Castletown. The award of €2,000 may be used for research-related expenses or University fees. The selection committee will be composed of members of the Castletown Foundation and one external specialist. The scholarship need not be awarded in any one year, and the decision of the assessors is final.

Applicants must complete this form and submit it by email to Professor Christine Casey, caseych@tcd.ie, and Dr. Alison FitzGerald, alison.fitzgerald@mu.ie, by 5pm, Friday, 13 November 2021, with the subject line ‘Kevin B. Nowlan Castletown Bursary’. A confidential reference supporting the application must arrive separately, before the closing date.

Tulane Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies, 2021–22

Posted in fellowships by Editor on July 16, 2021

Tulane Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies, 2021–22
Applications due by 26 July 2021

The Africana Studies Program at Tulane University is pleased to announce a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies for AY2021–22 (with possible renewal through 2024). Applications will be accepted now through 26 July 2021. This Interfolio link contains a description of the position and mechanism to apply.

Tulane University invites applications for a one-year Africana Studies postdoctoral scholar for 2021–2022 (possible renewal through 2024). Centering the interdisciplinary and global study of Africa and its diasporas, Tulane’s vibrant Africana Studies Program is comprised of both joint and affiliate faculty drawn from across the university’s academic programs and departments. The Program has recently secured a major internal grant that, in addition to funding this post-doctoral fellowship, will also underwrite three new initiatives over the next three years.

In addition to contributing to and participating in the Black Studies intellectual community on campus and pursuing their own research agenda, the fellow will play a primary role in coordinating one of these new initiatives, “Black Studies Book Club,” with the guidance of Africana Studies Program faculty. Each semester, Black Studies Book Club will focus on a recently published text that has shifted the conversation in Africana Studies as a discipline. The author will be invited to Tulane to give a free and open public lecture in addition to facilitating a smaller, more intimate, ‘book club’ style conversation engineered to bring together some of the diverse constituencies of the program, including Tulane Africana Studies students and faculty as well as students and faculty from our high school and HBCU Black Studies Book Club partners.

Faculty in the Africana Studies Program will provide mentorship to the fellow via professional development advice, access to their own scholarly networks, and opportunities for the fellow to share and receive feedback about work-in-progress. The fellowship also includes a $2,500 research fund.

Given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of Africana Studies, we welcome applicants from any discipline whose primary research concerns center Africa and/or any part of its global diasporas. Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Duties will include
• Participating in and contributing the Africana Studies scholarly community on campus
• Teaching one intro-level undergraduate course in Spring 2022 which will feature the Book Club text
• Providing support for the Fall 2021 Black Studies Book Club which will already have been organized
• Organizing and promoting the Black Studies Book Club (planning public lectures and book club meetings, coordinating with our high school and HBCU partners) for spring 2022 and starting the planning for fall 2022
• Engaging with Black Studies Book Club scholars and participants
• Working on their own scholarly research and writing

• Ph.D. in any discipline but with evidence of a research agenda that centers the concerns of Africa and/or any part of its global diasporas. Those with graduate level training specifically in African Studies, African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, or Black Studies are especially encouraged to apply.
• Excellent writing and analytical skills; experience in writing for different purposes and a diversity of audiences, including but not limited to scholarly audiences
• Flexibility, nimbleness, and creativity, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently
• Experience in project management and/or in organizing lectures and events
• Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with our high school and HBCU partners

Review of applications will begin July 12. Complete application must be received by July 26 to be considered. Applications must be submitted via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/90018) and include the following:
• Completed application form
• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
• Research Statement (no more than 750 words)
• Writing sample (no more than 8,000 words)
• List of six scholars you would consider inviting for the Black Studies Book Club, with a few sentences of explanation about each detailing how you think their recent publication(s) have informed conversations about Black Studies as a discipline
• Names and contact information for two references

Mary D. Sheriff Travel and Research Award

Posted in fellowships, graduate students by Editor on December 15, 2020

Mary D. Sheriff Travel and Research Award
Applications due by 15 February 2021

Supporting feminist topics in eighteenth-century art history and visual culture

Award Amount: $2000
Eligibility: Doctoral candidates, early career scholars, and contingent faculty who are current members of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) and the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA).
Submission Materials: A 750-word description of the proposed project, a CV, and a budget (as a PDF file or MS Word doc). Please send submissions to MarySheriffAward@gmail.com.

The Decorative Arts Trust Announces Four Failey Grants

Posted in books, fellowships, on site by Editor on December 13, 2020

Hunter House, ca. 1748. Courtesy the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Press release from The Decorative Arts Trust (11 December 2020). . .

The Decorative Arts Trust congratulates the New-York Historical Society, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and authors Adrienne Childs and Iris Moon on receiving Failey Grants. The Failey Grant program provides support for noteworthy research, exhibition, publication, and conservation projects through the Dean F. Failey Fund, named in honor of the Trust’s late Governor. Preference is given to projects that employ or are led by emerging professionals in the museum field. The Trust increased the amount of funding available this cycle to $25,000 in recognition of the acute need for resources to underwrite important endeavors.

• New-York Historical Society will open the groundbreaking exhibition Black Dolls in 2022.
• The Preservation Society of Newport County in RI is planning a comprehensive reinterpretation of Hunter House.
• Adrienne Childs is finalizing the manuscript of Ornamental Blackness, to be published by Yale University Press in 2023.
• Iris Moon is concluding an analysis of the decorative arts of the French Revolution that will result in the publication of Luxury of Terror by the Pennsylvania State Press in 2022.

Topsy-turvy Doll, United States, 1890–1905, textile and paint (New-York Historical Society, Gift of Katharine Prentis Murphy, 1961).

In 2022, the New-York Historical Society will open the groundbreaking exhibition Black Dolls, which examines handmade Black dolls as both artistic expressions and windows into critical issues of race, gender, identity, and the legacy of slavery. Drawing from the collection of Deborah Neff, the show will present more than 100 home-made cloth dolls created largely by African American women between 1850 and 1940. Co-curated by Margaret K. Hofer, Vice President and Museum Director, and Dominique Jean-Louis, Project Historian, the exhibition will immerse visitors into the world of dolls, doll play, and doll making.

The Preservation Society of Newport County in Rhode Island is planning a comprehensive reinterpretation of Hunter House, the oldest property in the Society’s collection and long a landmark of Newport’s 18th-century prominence. The project aims to expand the public’s knowledge of the house through an overhauled interpretive presentation for onsite and online visitors. The investigation is led by research fellows Catherine Doucette and MaryKate Smolenski under the guidance of Leslie B. Jones, Director of Museum Affairs and Chief Curator. The team will address the ethics, scholarship, and restoration of histories and voices missing from the historic site. The new visitor experience will present an inclusive story that details Newport’s complex role in the economies of slavery and colonialism.

Clock Case, Paris, ca. 1785 (Washington, DC: Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973).

Adrienne Childs is finalizing the manuscript of Ornamental Blackness, to be published by Yale University Press in 2023. The book examines the long and complex tradition of the ornamental Black figure in European art and will create a framework for understanding how the decorative arts figure into the larger discourse of representing Blacks in European visual culture. Scant critical attention has been paid to this material, and the publication will have great value to museums, historic houses, and academia. Childs is an Associate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Iris Moon, Assistant Curator of European ceramics and glass at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is concluding an analysis of the decorative arts of the French Revolution that will result in the publication of Luxury of Terror by the Pennsylvania State Press in 2022. Moon’s research explores the production and circulation of French luxury after the death of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and how makers with strong ties to the monarchy found ways to survive the Terror, the most radical and violent phase of the Revolution. The publication will expand the study of French decorative arts by drawing attention to the creative and experimental forms of luxury that emerged during a turbulent period of history.

Dihl et Guérhard, possibly painted by Jean-Baptiste Coste, Pair of Vases with Landscapes at Sea and on Land, Paris, ca. 1797–98, hard-paste porcelain with enamel decoration and gilding (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wrightsman Fund, 2014).

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The Decorative Arts Trust is a non-profit organization that promotes and fosters the appreciation and study of the decorative arts through: exchanging information through domestic and international programming; collaborating and partnering with museums and preservation organizations; and underwriting internships, research grants, and scholarships for graduate students and young professionals. Learn more about the Trust at decorativeartstrust.org or by contacting thetrust@decorativeartstrust.org.

The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme, 2021–22

Posted in fellowships by Editor on December 3, 2020

The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme, 2021–22
Applications due by 17 January 2021

The Rijksmuseum welcomes international, independent research proposals that open new perspectives on the museum’s collection, its history, and activities. The purpose of the Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme is to encourage and support scholarly investigation, and to contribute to academic discourses while strengthening bonds between the museum and universities. The programme enables highly talented candidates to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum and offers access to the museum’s expertise, collections, library, and laboratories. Furthermore, the programme facilitates opportunities for Fellows to engage in workshops and excursions to encourage 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 2021–2022 academic year, candidates may apply for the following:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for research in art and cultural history. Apply here»
  • Terra Foundation Fellowship for research in American Photography. Apply here»
  • Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research. Apply here»
  • Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for conservation and scientific research. Apply here»
  • Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fellowship for art historical research. Apply here»

The closing date for all applications is 17 January 2021, 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 2021. 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 15 March 2021. All fellowships will start in September 2021.

For questions concerning the application procedure, contact the Coordinator of the Fellowship Programme (fellowships@rijksmuseum.nl).

Fellowships | Tyson Scholars in American Art, 2021–22

Posted in fellowships, graduate students by Editor on November 5, 2020

From Crystal Bridges:

Tyson Scholars Program: Fellowships in American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2021–22

Applications due by 15 January 2021

The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program supports full-time scholarship and an expansive approach to American art and visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. The program was established in 2012 through a $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc. Since its inception, the Tyson Scholars Program has supported the work of 46 scholars, attracting academic professionals in a variety of disciplines nationally and internationally.

Crystal Bridges and the Tyson Scholars Program invites PhD candidates (or equivalent), post-doctoral researchers and senior scholars from any field who are researching American art to apply. We encourage and support scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries and traditional categories of investigation into American art and visual culture. Applicants may be focusing on art history, architecture, visual and material culture, American studies, craft, Indigenous art, Latin American art, and contemporary art. Applications will be evaluated on the originality and quality of the proposed research project and its contribution to a more equitable and inclusive history of American art.

The Tyson Scholars Program looks for research projects that will intersect meaningfully with the Museum’s collections, library resources, architecture, grounds, curatorial expertise, programs and exhibitions; and/or the University of Arkansas faculty broadly; and applicants should speak to why residence in the Heartland will advance their work. The applicant’s academic standing, scholarly qualifications, and experience will be considered, as it informs the ability of the applicant to complete the proposed project. Letters of support are strongest when they demonstrate the applicant’s excellence, promise, originality, track record, and productivity as a scholar, not when the letter contains a commentary on the project.

Crystal Bridges is dedicated to an equitable, inclusive, and diverse cohort of fellows. We seek applicants who bring a critical perspective and understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in American art, and welcome applications from qualified persons of color; who are Indigenous; with disabilities; who are LGBTQ; first-generation college graduates; from low-income households; and who are veterans.

Fellowships are residential and support full-time writing and research for terms that range from six weeks to nine months. While in residence, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Stipends vary depending on the duration of residency, position as senior scholar, post-doctoral scholar or pre-doctoral scholar, and range from $15,000 to $30,000 per semester, plus provided housing. Additional funds of $1,500 for relocation are provided, and research funds are available during the residency upon application. Scholars are housed at one of the Crystal Bridges residences, within easy walking distance from the Museum via wooded trails and approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Bentonville. Scholars have private bed and bathrooms in the house, and share comfortable indoor and outdoor common spaces including an expansive yard and patio. Scholars are provided workspace in the curatorial wing of Crystal Bridges’ library. The workspace is an enclosed area shared with other Tyson Scholars. Scholars are provided with basic office supplies, desk space, an office chair, space on a bookshelf, and a locking cabinet with key for personal belongings and files.

Further information about the Tyson Scholars Program, application instructions, and application portal can be found here. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year open October 19, 2020 and close January 15, 2021.

Junior Fellows Program | Fellows in Critical Bibliography

Posted in fellowships by Editor on September 9, 2020

From the Rare Book School:

Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, 2021–23
Applications due by 2 November 2020

Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) invites applications for its 2021–23 cohort of junior fellows. The deadline is Monday, 2 November 2020.

Continuing the work of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography (2012–17), this scholarly society works to advance the study of texts, images, and artifacts as material objects through capacious, interdisciplinary scholarship—and to enrich humanistic inquiry and education by identifying, mentoring, and training promising early-career scholars. Junior Fellows will be encouraged and supported in integrating the methods of critical bibliography into their teaching and research, fostering collegial conversations about historical and emerging media across disciplines and institutions, and sharing their knowledge with broader publics.

The fellowship includes tuition waivers for two Rare Book School courses, as well as funding for Junior Fellows to participate in the Society’s annual meeting and orientation. Additional funds are available for fellows to organize symposia at their home institutions, and fellows will have the option of attending a bibliographical field school to visit libraries, archives, and collections in a major metropolitan area. After completing two years in good standing as Junior Fellows, program participants will have the option to become Senior Fellows in the Society.

The Society is committed to supporting diversity and to advancing the scholarship of outstanding persons of every race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, and socioeconomic background, and to enhancing the diversity of the professions and academic disciplines it represents, including those of the professoriate, museums, libraries, archives, public humanities, and digital humanities. We warmly encourage prospective applicants from a wide range of disciplines, institutions, and areas of expertise.

For more information about diversity and the SoFCB, please visit the SoFCB Diversity & Outreach Committee’s Welcome Letter.

Inquiries about the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program can be directed to Sonia Hazard, SoFCB Selection Committee Chair, at shazard@fsu.edu, or Donna Sy, SoFCB Administrative Director, at rbs-mellon@virginia.edu.

Fellowships | Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2021–22

Posted in fellowships, opportunities by Editor on September 7, 2020

From SAAM:

Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships, 2021–2022
Applications due by 1 November 2020

The 2018–19 Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellows

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. SAAM is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Housed in a National Historic Landmark building—shared with the National Portrait Gallery and the Archives of American Art—the museum is a short walk from other Smithsonian museums and libraries, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art. Regular lunchtime seminars, workshops, and symposia organized by SAAM’s Research and Scholars Center provide a forum for lively scholarly exchange and professional advancement.

The stipend for a one-year fellowship is $40,000 for predoctoral scholars and $55,000 for postdoctoral and senior scholars, with an allowance of up to $4,000 available for short research trips. Additional allowances may be provided to help with temporary relocation and the cost of health insurance. Senior-level recipients of the Terra Foundation Fellowships are eligible for an augmented stipend of $60,000 for the full year. The standard term of residency is twelve months, but terms as short as three months are available with prorated stipends. All fellowships must take place between June 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022. The Smithsonian Office of International Relations will assist with arranging J-1 exchange visas for fellowship recipients who require them.

November 1st is the application deadline. For a link to the application, general information, or research consultation visit AmericanArt.si.edu/fellowships or email SAAMFellowships@si.edu.





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