Members of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts resident community of scholars include the Kress-Beinecke Professor, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor, the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, the A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts, and approximately 18 fellows at any one time, including senior fellows, visiting senior fellows, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and predoctoral fellows. In addition, the Center supports approximately 15 predoctoral fellows who are conducting research in the field. Fellows and professors who relocate to Washington are provided with housing in apartments near the National Gallery of Art, subject to availability. They are also provided with studies in the East Building of the National Gallery. Lectures, colloquia, shoptalks, and other scholarly gatherings complement the fellowship program.
As a complement to our long-standing fellowship program, the Center has expanded our support of the field through the participation in and development of internship opportunities for undergraduate students of all backgrounds. Learn more.
This one-year position was established by the National Gallery, with the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, in 1965. In addition to pursuing independent research, the Kress-Beinecke Professor is the senior member of the Center and counsels predoctoral fellows. From 2018 this appointment, newly endowed by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in response to a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be known as the Kress-Beinecke Professorship.
This two-year position was established in 1994. The Mellon Professor is chosen to serve two consecutive academic years and is free to pursue independent research.
The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship was established in 2002 with support from the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. The Safra Professor serves for a term of up to six months, forging connections between the research of the National Gallery’s curatorial staff and that of visiting scholars at the Center. The Safra Professor may present seminars or curatorial lectures for graduate students and emerging scholars, including curators from other institutions, while pursuing independent research.
One Paul Mellon Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Samuel H. Kress, and William C. Seitz Senior Fellowships are awarded each academic year. Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period. Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships support research on European art before the early 19th century. The William C. Seitz Senior Fellowship primarily supports research on modern and contemporary art. Senior fellowship applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of forms.
Visiting Senior Fellowships
Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any period or culture. The Center encourages applications in underrepresented fields.
Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period. Visiting senior fellowship applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of visual forms.
Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Fellowship
The Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Fellowship is open to members of the National Gallery of Art curatorial, conservation, education, and library senior staff. The fellowship provides for full-time independent research of two to four months in duration. It is intended to relieve members of the staff of their departmental and other National Gallery responsibilities in order to pursue independent study, research, or publication not directly related to a National Gallery project.
The postdoctoral fellowship program is supported by the Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowship and A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship programs. Each fellowship will be awarded biennially for two consecutive academic years. The postdoctoral fellows will reside in Washington. During the first year, the fellows will carry out research and writing for publication. Each 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, each fellow will be expected to teach one course by arrangement at a neighboring university.
Predoctoral Dissertation Fellowships
The predoctoral dissertation fellowship program supports advanced graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media. Each of the ten fellowships has specific requirements and intents, including support for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation and for residency and travel during the period of dissertation research. Application for a predoctoral dissertation fellowship may be made only through nomination by the chair of a graduate department of art history or
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad
Up to four fellowships are available to doctoral students who are studying art and architecture of the United States, including Native and pre-Revolutionary America. They are intended for a period of four to six weeks of continuous travel abroad in areas outside the United States to sites of historical and cultural interest, including museums, exhibitions, collections, and monuments. The travel fellowship is intended to encourage a breadth of art-historical experience beyond the candidate’s major field, not for the advancement of a dissertation. Preference is accorded to those who have had little opportunity for research travel abroad.