Awards & Honors: Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellows and Visiting Senior Fellows

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) National Gallery of Art (NGA) is currently accepting applications for its prestigious Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellows and Visiting Senior Fellows programs.

Members of CASVA’s resident community of scholars include the Samuel H. Kress 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.

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 Gallery. Lectures, colloquia, shoptalks, and other scholarly gatherings complement the fellowship program.

The following fellowships are considered Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC).

Visiting Senior Fellowships

  • Link: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/casva/fellowships/visiting-senior-fellowships.html
  • Deadline: September 21, 2017
  • Summary
    • The CASVA announces its program for Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships. The visiting senior 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. 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.
    • The 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.
    • The Center will consider appointment of associates who have obtained outside awards for full-time research and would like to be affiliated with the Center.
  • Eligibility
    • 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. Qualifications and selection for associate status are the same as those for visiting senior fellows.
    • 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.
  • Award Amount: Stipends for two-month fellowships range from $6,000 to $8,000, depending on relocation requirements. The Center awards up to 12 short-term (up to 60 days) visiting senior fellowships annually. 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. Appointments to associate status will be considered for periods of up to 60 days. Visiting senior fellowships may not be postponed or renewed.
  • To apply: Visit the online portal

Senior Fellowships

  • Link: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/casva/fellowships/senior-fellowships.html
  • Deadline: October 15, 2017
  • Summary
    • These 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. 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
      • The Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce 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.
      • The Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships are intended to support research on European art before the early 19th century.
      • The William C. Seitz Senior Fellowship is primarily intended to support 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 form.
    • Associate Appointments
      • The Center will consider appointment of associates who have obtained outside awards for full-time research and would like to be affiliated with the Center.
    • Eligibility
      • 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 senior fellowship program.
      • Fellowships are awarded without regard to the age or nationality of applicants.
      • Holders of senior fellowships may reapply 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.
      • Qualifications and selection for associate status are the same as those for senior fellows.
    • Award Amount
      • The award for the academic year is normally limited to one-half of the applicant’s salary, up to a maximum of $50,000, depending on individual circumstances. Awards for a single academic term are prorated. Senior fellows also receive allowances for travel to a scholarly conference, in addition to housing, as available.
      • One Paul Mellon Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Samuel H. Kress, and William C. Seitz Senior Fellowships will be awarded for the academic year, early fall to spring. Applications for a single academic term are also considered.
    • To apply: Visit the online portal

Questions?

For questions or more information, contact CASVA at (202) 842-6482 or casva@nga.gov.