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A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2013–2015

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces a postdoctoral fellowship supported by a grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. One fellowship is awarded each year for two consecutive academic years. The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will reside in Washington. During the first year the fellow will carry out research and writing related to the publication of a dissertation or appropriate articles or books. The fellow will also design and direct an intensive weeklong seminar for the seven predoctoral fellows at the Center, focusing on a topic related to the applicant's field of interest and with a special emphasis on methodological issues. In the second academic year, while continuing research and writing in residence, the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to teach one course (advanced undergraduate or graduate) by arrangement at a neighboring university.

Field of Study

The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2013–2015 will support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any time period or culture.


The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts for two years and will participate fully in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. The fellow will be provided with housing in an apartment near the Gallery, subject to availability. The postdoctoral fellow is also provided with a shared study. The fellow has access to the notable resources represented by the collections, the library, and the image collections of the National Gallery of Art, as well as to the Library of Congress and other specialized research libraries and collections in the Washington area.

Qualifications and Selection

Applicants for 2013–2015 must have received the PhD degree between October 1, 2007, and October 1, 2012. The fellowship is awarded without regard to age or nationality of applicants. Applications are reviewed by an external selection committee composed of scholars in the history of art.


The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship award is $50,000 per year. The postdoctoral fellow also receives allowances for travel and research-related materials.


Candidates for postdoctoral fellowships must complete an online application that includes brief proposals for the topic of the predoctoral seminar and the university course and a copy of an article or a chapter of a book, to be submitted on or before October 15, 2012. Three letters of recommendation in support of the application are required. After a preliminary selection, several candidates will be invited to Washington in January 2013 for interviews. The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship may not be postponed or renewed.

Holders of the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship may reapply for a senior or visiting senior fellowship five years after the completion of the fellowship. Individuals may not apply for other Center fellowships while an application is pending or once a fellowship has been awarded.

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Appointments

  • award period: September 2013–August 2015
  • deadline: October 15, 2012

Apply online for an A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.

For information contact:

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, Maryland 20785
Telephone: (202) 842-6482
Fax: (202) 789-3026
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This announcement supersedes all previous information about the postdoctoral fellowship.

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