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Visiting Senior Fellowship Program, 2020–2021

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts is pleased to announce a new program of Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowships intended to support scholars who are researching diverse areas of art-historical study or those working in underserved constituencies. The first cycle of fellowships will be dedicated to the Center’s ongoing initiative in the arts of African Americans, Africa, and the African diaspora. Up to two fellowships will be awarded for the period September 1, 2020, through February 28, 2021. The Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships expand the Center’s existing visiting senior fellowship program (described below). Qualified applicants are also considered for Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships.

The Center also announces the next application cycle for its program of Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships. Up to four such fellowships will be awarded for the period September 1, 2020, through February 28, 2021. Qualified applicants are also considered for Leonard A. Lauder 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, visiting senior fellows who relocate to Washington are provided with housing in apartments near the Gallery, subject to availability. Visiting senior 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.

Fields of Study

Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowships for 2020‒2021 are intended to support scholars researching the arts of African Americans, Africa, and the African diaspora or those working in underserved constituencies.

Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce 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. 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. 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.

Stipend

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

Applications

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. The application deadlines and award periods are as follows:

Visiting Senior Fellowships (up to 60 days)

  • award period: September 1, 2020–February 28, 2021
    deadline: March 21, 2020

Apply online for a visiting senior 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
E-mail: [email protected]

This announcement supersedes all previous information about the visiting senior fellowships.