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Beinecke Postdoctoral Program, 2021–2023

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts offers one Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowship biennially for two consecutive academic years. The Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellow will reside in Washington. During the first year the fellow will carry out research and writing for publication. 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 Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to teach one course by arrangement at a neighboring university.

Field of Study

The Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowship supports research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any period or culture. The Center encourages applications in underrepresented fields.


The Beinecke 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, and with a shared study. The fellow has access to the notable resources represented by the art 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 must have received the PhD degree between November 1, 2015 and November 1, 2020. 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. Individuals currently affiliated with the National Gallery of Art are not eligible for the Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowship program.


The Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowship award is $50,000 per year. The fellow also receives allowances for travel, in addition to housing, as available.


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 November 15, 2020. Three letters of recommendation in support of the application are required. In early 2021, after a preliminary selection, several candidates will be invited for interviews. The postdoctoral fellowship cannot be deferred or renewed.

Holders of the Beinecke 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.

Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • award period: academic years 2021–2023
    deadline: November 15, 2020

For information contact:

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, Maryland 20785
(202) 842-6482
[email protected]

This announcement supersedes all previous information about the postdoctoral fellowship.