Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

Application Deadline:  October 26, 2016

ACLS invites applications for Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, which are designated for graduate students at any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing. Ten fellowships are available for a non-renewable, one-year term beginning between June and September 2017 for the 2017-18 academic year. The fellowships may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The fellowships may not be used to defray tuition costs or be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant. New for the 2016-17 competition, stipends have been raised to $30,000 and additional funds are available for travel and research.

Applicants must:

  • be a PhD candidate in a department of art history in the United States. A student with an appropriate project whose degree will be granted by another department is eligible only if the principal dissertation advisor is in a department of art history. (Students preparing theses for the Master of Fine Arts degree are not eligible.)
  • have a dissertation focused on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States. Projects should be focused foremost on the art object and/or image and employ an art-historical or visual studies approach. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, proposals whose emphases are predominantly socio-historical will not be considered.
  • have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation before beginning fellowship tenure.
  • have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.
  • be a US citizen or permanent resident.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

This creative fellowship for promising young graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and other prestigious institutions recognizes alumna Kate Neal Kinley’s dedication to the arts. Those interested in seeking advanced study in art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, or urban and regional planning are invited to apply.

Three major fellowships are awarded:

  1. One of up to $20,000 in any field of music
  2. One of up to $20,000 in architectural design and history, art and design, theatre, dance, or instrumental or vocal music
  3. One of up to $9,000 in art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, theatre, or urban and regional planning

Up to three additional fellowships of lesser amounts may also be granted upon committee recommendations.

The fellowships are to be used by the recipients toward defraying the expenses of advanced study in the United States or abroad. The fellowships are open to graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and to graduates of similar institutions of equal educational standing whose principal or major studies have been in the fields of art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, and urban and regional planning.

Although there is no age limitation for applicants, other factors being equal, preference will be given to applicants who have not reached their 25th birthday.

Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of unusual promise in the fine arts as attested by:

  • high attainment in the applicant’s major field of study as evidenced by academic marks and quality of work submitted or performed
  • high attainment in related cultural fields as evidenced by academic marks
  • the character, merit, and suitability of the program proposed by the applicant
  • excellence of personality, seriousness of purpose, and good moral character

While receiving a stipend from the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, recipients are precluded from holding appointments as instructors, lecturers, or faculty members but may hold other remunerative employment with advance approval of the fellowship committee.

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Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Application deadline:   November 3, 2015

Webinar:   October 13, 2015

The program

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.


The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2016 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2016, whichever comes first.

The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Musicology, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) are welcome to request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research in combination with site-specific research in the United States, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding. All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States. Research within the United States must be site-specific (e.g., at a particular archive) and cannot be at the applicant’s home institution unless that institution has necessary site-specific research holdings. Please note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.

Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the IDRF program, depending on completed research time and funding. The IDRF program expects fellows to remain at their research site(s) for the full nine- to twelve-month funding period. The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up. The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing, or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD.

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Asian Cultural Council Grants

Application deadline:   November 2, 2015

The Asian Cultural Council supports transformative cultural exchange by awarding grants to artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals, as well as organizations and educational institutions from the United States and Asia for research, study, and creative work in the United States and Asia and within the countries of Asia.

To apply, you must be an artist, an arts or humanities professional, a scholar, or a graduate/post-graduate student in a related field. Your country of permanent residence must be within Asia or the United States, and your proposed project must take place outside of your home country, also in either the United States or Asia.

Please note that our fellowship grants are process-oriented, not product-oriented. They are intended for exploration, not exhibition.

The majority of ACC’s grants are awarded after our May board meeting. Since we are unable to provide support retroactively, the project for which you are seeking funding should begin no earlier than June 1st of the year after you apply.

Disciplines Funded
ACC supports individuals working in the following disciplines:
Archaeology, Film/Video, Architecture, Literature (for projects to and from Japan only), Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, Arts Criticism, Music, Conservation, Photography, Crafts, Theater, Curation, Visual Art, Dance

Eligible Countries
Applicants must originate from, and be travelling to, the following countries:

Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Bhutan, Korea, Singapore, Brunei, Laos, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Macau, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, East Timor, Mongolia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Myanmar, United States, India, Nepal

Projects NOT Funded by the Asian Cultural Council

  • activities conducted by individuals in their home countries
  • commercial and industrial design
  • film and video production costs
  • individual artist exhibitions and performance tours
  • publications
  • undergraduate and secondary school study
  • full tuition costs — ACC can help cover living and travel expenses for graduate/post-graduate students only
  • projects retroactively

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American Antiquarian Society Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship

Application deadline:   October 15, 2015

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply for a special year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society to revise their dissertation for publication. Established as the Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowship in 1998, the fellowship has been renamed in honor of John B. Hench, who retired in August 2007 as vice president for collections and programs after thirty-three years on the staff of the American Antiquarian Society. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, generous sponsor of this fellowship, has made a challenge grant to the Society, which is currently raising money to endow this fellowship.

The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society’s library collections and programmatic scope–that is, American history and culture through 1876–is eligible.

Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society’s coverage. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher. The twelve-month stipend for this fellowship is $35,000.

The deadline for application for a Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship to be held during the 2016-2017 academic year is October 15, 2015.

The Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship offers splendid opportunities for collegiality with and mentoring from the staff, other visiting fellows, and the academic community in and near Worcester, Massachusetts. Recipients of other AAS long-term and short-term fellowships–academic scholars as well as creative and performing artists and writers–will be in residence for varying periods of time throughout the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow’s tenure.

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College Art Association Professional-Development Fellowships

Professional-Development Fellowship Program in Art History
Application deadline:   October 2, 2015

The College Art Association’s Professional-Development Fellowship Program in Art History supports graduate students and scholars in art, architecture, and/or design historian, curator, or critic who recently received their PhD and are preparing the PhD for publication or who are conducting research in their final year to complete their PhD. Each fellow is given a one-time award to help with various aspects of his/her work, whether for job-search expenses, image license fees, or other publishing costs.

Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the 2016 Annual Conference.

Honorable Mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration for the 2016 Annual Conference.

One fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $10,000. Completed applications must be uploaded to Slide Room no later than 5 pm, Friday, October 2, 2015. All submission fees will be paid by College Art Association.

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Professional-Development Fellowship Program in Visual Arts
Application deadline:   November 16, 2015

The College Art Association’s Professional-Development Fellowship in visual arts support graduate students who are completing the MFA degree or other terminal degree programs. Fellows are honored with a one-time, unrestricted grant to help them with various aspects of their work, as an artist, designer and/or craftsperson, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for their studio art/design practice.

Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the 2016 Annual Conference.

Honorable Mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration for the 2016 Annual Conference.

One fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $10,000. Completed applications must be uploaded to Slide Room no later than 5 pm, Monday, November 16, 2015. All submission fees will be paid by Collegeart Association.

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Graham Foundation Carter Manny Doctoral Awards

Application deadline:   March 15, 2015

Since the Carter Manny Award’s establishment in 1996, over $672,000 has been awarded in recognition of outstanding doctoral students whose work represents some of the most innovative and advanced scholarship on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Carter Manny Award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary focus and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse in the field of architecture. Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the Graham Foundation: architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and other related fields. (See the Overview of our grant programs). The award assists students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, art history, the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences working on architecture topics.

The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: one for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and one for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation.

Research award:  The research award assists students with research that is essential to the doctoral project. Research-related expenses include travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. Applicants for a research award should have a clearly defined work plan, travel plan, and goals. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000.

Writing award:  The writing award encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. by assisting students who are in the advanced stages of the dissertation with one year of writing. While some of the award funds may be used for final research, the award is intended to support and facilitate uninterrupted writing. Applicants for a writing award will be asked to submit a writing sample from the dissertation, a dissertation table of contents, and a writing schedule. The writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship

Deadline:  January 9, 2013

The American Philosophical Society (APS) invites applications for its two-year Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship.  The APS seeks applications from recent PhDs in the fields of history of science, art history, 18th– or 19th-century American history, or any other related humanities disciplines. The fellowship, based in the APS Museum, will provide hands-on experience in curatorial work and the opportunity to pursue an independent research project, preferably one related to the collections or programs of the Society’s library and museum.

The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to conduct scholarly research for exhibitions, programs, and other related activities. He or she will be fully integrated into the APS Museum staff, working closely with the curator and others on the curatorial team. The Fellow will gain extensive experience in planning and implementing exhibitions as well as researching and writing interpretive materials for non-scholarly audiences (exhibition texts, publications, etc.). Depending on the Fellow’s interests and the Museum’s needs, he or she may also participate in public programming, museum education, collections management, and/or grant-writing.  Twenty percent of the Fellow’s time will be reserved for his or her own independent research, ideally using resources at the APS or kindred regional institutions. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to network with APS Library staff and other post-doctoral fellows in the region’s cultural institutions.

This two-year Fellowship will begin in September 2013. Compensation is $45,000 a year plus benefits, along with additional funds for research support, travel, and relocation. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.


  • PhD in any humanities discipline, awarded within the past five years. The history of science, 18th– and 19th-century American history, and the history of art often relate most closely to exhibition content. However, the museum’s approach is interdisciplinary, and applications from qualified researchers in any humanities discipline are welcome.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills; experience in writing for different purposes and broad audiences (including but not limited to scholars).
  • Broad interests, along with the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary for working across disciplines and time periods, and for making creative connections.
  • Flexibility and the capacity to learn quickly and to work both independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Project-oriented organizational skills applied to both academic and practical tasks.
  • Strong interest in exploring a career in the museum field.

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Kenan T. Erim Fellowship for Archaeological Research at Aphrodisias, 2012

Deadline: 1 November 2011

(Pending Funding)

THE FELLOWSHIPS:  The American Research Institute in Turkey invites applications for fellowships for excavation and/or research in art history and archaeology to be carried out at the site of Aphrodisias in Turkey during the summer 2012.  This award is made possible by the generous support of the American Friends of Aphrodisias.  Maximum award will be $2,375 for the summer season.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Scholars or advanced graduate students engaged in excavation at the site of Aphrodisias or research on material from that site are eligible to apply.  Fields of study include the history of art and architecture from antiquity to the present, and archaeology.  Applicants may also qualify for other ARIT fellowships programs.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  In order to be considered, applicants must provide complete application information.  The application, a letter of acceptance from director of the excavations at Aphrodisias in addition to two letters of reference must be received by NOVEMBER 1, 2011.  Please refer to the application format and cover page appended here.  Please include letters of reference with your application.  Students should supply a copy of their graduate transcript.  Submit materials to the American Research Institute in Turkey, c/o University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324.  For further information please call (215) 898-3474, fax (215) 898-0657, or email the ARIT executive director [leinwand at].  The application format is also accessible here (.doc or .pdf).  ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by late January 2012.

RESEARCH PERMISSION:  Projects should be included within the Aphrodisias excavation permit.

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