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Visiting Senior Fellowship Program


The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its program for visiting senior fellowships. All of the fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program. Each visiting senior fellow is provided with a study. In addition, fellows who relocate to Washington are provided with housing in apartments near the National Gallery, subject to availability. Fellows have 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.

Up to two Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowships and up to five Paul Mellon and Beinecke Visiting Senior Fellowships will be awarded for the period September 1, 2024–February 28, 2025. Qualified applicants are considered for all visiting senior fellowships.

Fields of Study

Leonard A. Lauder, Paul Mellon, and Beinecke Visiting Senior Fellowships are intended to support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. For the Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowship, the Center especially encourages applications in historically marginalized fields. 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 form.

Qualifications and Selection

Visiting senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application, or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment. Holders of visiting senior fellowships may reapply three years after the completion of the fellowship. Individuals currently affiliated with the National Gallery of Art are not eligible for the visiting senior fellowship program. Visiting senior fellowships are awarded without regard to the age or nationality of applicants. Applications are reviewed by an external selection committee composed of scholars in the history of art and related disciplines. Outside readers may assist in the evaluation of proposals.


Recipients of Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships are eligible for an augmented stipend of $12,500 for a two-month residency, which includes a supplement of $2,500 to support future research and publication expenses. 

Recipients of Paul Mellon and Beinecke Fellowships will receive a basic stipend of $7,000 or $8,000, depending upon relocation requirements. In addition, fellows receive housing, as available.


Candidates for visiting senior fellowships must submit, on or before the deadline, an online application that includes a proposal and a copy of one article or chapter of a book. Two letters of recommendation in support of the application are required.

Visiting senior fellows may receive awards in three consecutive years but thereafter must wait three years before reapplying to the Center. Individuals may not apply for other Center fellowships while an application is pending or once a fellowship has been awarded. Visiting senior fellowships may not be postponed or renewed.

Award period: September 1, 2024–February 28, 2025

Application Deadline: March 21, 2024


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