A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2012–2014

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art

Deadline:15 October 2011

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces a postdoctoral fellowship supported by a grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. This award will be for academic years 2012–2014. The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. During the first year the fellow will carry out research and writing related to the publication of a dissertation or appropriate articles or book(s). 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 A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to teach one course (advanced undergraduate or graduate) by arrangement at a neighboring university.

Field of Study

The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2012–2014 will support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any time period or culture.


Postdoctoral fellows are expected to reside in Washington and to participate fully in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Fellows are provided with studies and have access to the notable resources represented by the collections, the library, and the photographic archives 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 for 2012–2014 must have received the PhD degree between October 1, 2006, and October 1, 2011. 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.


The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship award is $50,000 per year. Postdoctoral fellows also receive allowances for travel and photography.


Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2011. Candidates must submit an application that includes brief proposals for the topic of the predoctoral seminar and the university course, and copies of publications. Three letters of recommendation in support of the application are required. After a preliminary selection, several candidates will be invited to Washington in January 2012 for interviews. A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be postponed or renewed.

Holders of the A. W. Mellon 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.

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