Bard Graduate Center
Visiting FellowshipsBard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2020–21 academic year. The theme for this period is “How Do We Know?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the Bard Graduate Center Research Center and enable them to be a part of our dynamic scholarly community in New York City. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archeology. Visiting Fellowships may be awarded for anywhere from one month to the full academic year.
Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our Gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.
To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in a single PDF file:
- BGC fellowship application form;
- Cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation and how your work bears on the question “How Do We Know?”
- 150-word abstract of project
- detailed project description
- Publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages
- Names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation are not required. All materials must be received by March 1, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award. Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
Read more about our 2020–21 theme “How Do We Know?” Learn more about Bard Graduate Center: https://www.bgc.bard.edu/.