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September 02, 2022

New Joint Postdoctoral Fellowships with Yale Center for British Art Support Scholars from Historically Marginalized or Disadvantaged Groups

Center members participate in a colloquy at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Center members participate in a colloquy at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Washington, DC—The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (the Center) and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) have announced the creation of two new postdoctoral fellowships—a two-year award offered on a biennial basis. This Center/YCBA Postdoctoral Fellowship supports research for recent or soon-to-be PhDs from historically marginalized or disadvantaged groups studying modern and contemporary visual arts. Examples of eligible applicants include those from groups historically underrepresented in the field, first-generation college graduates or doctorate holders, or applicants from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Fellows will work with curators, conservators, and educators at the National Gallery of Art and YCBA to learn about the curation, conservation, presentation, and interpretation of the museums’ historical, pre-20th-century collections. During the first year, each fellow will reside in Washington, DC, or New Haven, CT, and will contribute to the development of a curatorial project at one of the two museums. For the second year, each fellow will switch locations and will devote the second year of their fellowship to research in support of a curatorial project at the other host museum.

The first two fellowships will be awarded from September 2023 through August 2025; applications are due on November 15, 2022. The Center/YCBA Postdoctoral Fellowship award is $58,000–$60,000 per year. More information on the Center/YCBA Postdoctoral Fellowship and registration details can be found on our website.

About the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

Since its inception in 1979, the Center has promoted study of the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, and urbanism through the formation of a community of scholars. A variety of private sources support the program of fellowships, and the appointments are ratified by the National Gallery's Board of Trustees.

The Center currently supports the Andrew W. Mellon Professor, a two-year appointment of a midcareer scholar; the Kress-Beinecke Professor, a one-year appointment of a distinguished scholar; the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, a six-month appointment of a scholar who advances his or her own research on subjects associated with the National Gallery's permanent collection; and senior fellows, visiting senior fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and predoctoral fellows. A board of advisors, composed of seven or eight art historians appointed to rotating terms, serves as a selection committee to review all fellowship applications. In selecting its members, the Center seeks a diverse pool of applicants.  

About the Yale Center for British Art

The YCBA is the largest museum outside of the United Kingdom devoted to British art and is free and open to all. Encompassing works in a range of media from the 15th century to the present, the museum offers a vibrant program of events and exhibitions year-round in person and online. The YCBA oversees an active research program through which it promotes and fosters the scholarship of all aspects of British art and material culture; it also provides art enrichment programs, collaborative teaching opportunities, and learning experiences for diverse audiences through its education department. Opened to the public in 1977, the museum’s core collection and landmark building—designed by architect Louis I. Kahn—were a gift to Yale University from the collector and philanthropist Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929). 

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