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ACLS Announces New Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

Wednesday, July 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new fellowship program, Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art. These fellowships will support emerging leaders in the field of art history whose projects broaden the understanding of art and its history. The program is made possible by a major grant from the Getty Foundation.

The program, the first such partnership between ACLS and the Getty Foundation, succeeds the Foundation’s earlier postdoctoral fellowship program that named its last fellows in 2009. The new awards are designed to support emerging scholars in carrying out ambitious and innovative research projects. The fellowships are fully portable, allowing fellows significant latitude to visit the places necessary to conduct their research.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Getty Foundation to advance the research of talented, early career scholars,” says Pauline Yu, president of ACLS. “This fellowship program will highlight the most dynamic approaches in art history scholarship.”

The program is open to scholars of all nationalities whose work engages with art history, and whose PhD has been conferred between September 1, 2012, and December 31, 2016. Applications can be from scholars working in any humanistic discipline, provided that their research draws substantially on the materials, methods, and/or findings of art history.

“We look forward to working with ACLS on the reinvention of our postdoctoral fellowship program,” said Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “We have missed this program since its conclusion in 2009 after 25 years, but there are new opportunities now, building on the Foundation’s international work and the long experience of ACLS in managing fellowship programs in the humanities. Support for the best emerging scholars is vital to the future of art history.”

ACLS will award up to 10 Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2017-18, which will be the first of three competition years. Fellowships will support an academic year of research and writing to be taken during the subsequent academic year. Awards carry a stipend of $60,000 as well as $5,000 for research and travel costs during the award period, and also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Center following the fellowship.

Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications in early August. Further information about the program and eligibility criteria is available online at The application deadline is October 25, 2017.

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder, 212.697.1505

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 300 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect. Additional information is available at

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