Smithsonian American Art Museum invites applications for 2023-2024 Fellowships

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for its first fellowship program, the oldest and largest in American art. Scholars of all disciplines researching the arts, crafts, and visual culture of the United States are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are residential and support full-time research in the Smithsonian collections.

Each scholar is assigned a study carrel at the SAAM Center for Research and Scholarship. There they have access to the museum’s Joseph Cornell Study Center, the Nam June Paik Archive and a variety of specialized research databases as well as the Smithsonian’s American Art Archive and a secondary library of 180,000 volumes specializing in the history of American art. Located in downtown Washington, DC, the Research and Scholars Center is within walking distance of other museums and libraries at the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art. Regular workshops, conferences and symposia provide a forum for lively scholarly exchange and professional advancement.

The annual stipend is $42,000 for pre-doctoral fellows and $55,000 for post-doctoral and senior fellows. A stipend of up to $5,000 is available for short research trips. The standard length of residency is 12 months, but durations as short as three months are possible with pro-rated stipends. The 10-week graduate scholarships come with an $8,000 stipend and support research for masters and doctoral students who have not yet applied.

SAAM believes that recruiting and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse cohort of Fellows is critical to our mission. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), national origin, age or disability. The Smithsonian will help arrange J-1 exchange visas for fellows who need them.

November 1, 2022 is the application deadline for scholarships starting on or after June 1, 2023.

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