Visiting Senior Fellowship Programme 2017

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts has invited programme for Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships for 2017 sessions.

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 programme. 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.

Fields of Study

Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce 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 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 programme.

Visiting senior fellowships are awarded without regard to the age or nationality of applicants.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by an external selection committee composed of scholars in the history of art and related disciplines. Outside readers may assist in the evaluation of proposals.


The Center awards up to twelve short-term (up to 60 days) Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships annually.

Stipends for two-month fellowships range from $6,000 to $8,000, depending on relocation requirements; in addition, fellows receive housing, as available.

How to Apply?

Applicants for visiting senior fellowships must submit an online application that includes a proposal and a copy of one article or chapter of a book, to be submitted on or before the appropriate deadline

2 letters of recommendation in support of the application are required. Procedures for associate appointments are the same as those for the visiting senior fellowship programme.

Visiting senior fellows may receive awards in three consecutive years but thereafter must wait three years before reapplying to the Center. Visiting senior fellowships may not be postponed or renewed.

Important Dates for Fellowship Programme 2016

Award period: 01st March, 15th August 2017

Deadline: 21st September 2017

Award Period: 01st September 2017 – 28th February 2018

Deadline: 21st March 2017

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