Apply for the Clark Fellowship Program 2018-2019


Deadline: October 15, 2017

The Clark Fellowships are awarded every year to established and promising scholars with the aim of fostering a critical commitment to inquiry in the theory, history, and interpretation of art and visual culture. In addition to providing an opportunity for sustained research for fellows, outside of their usual professional obligations, the Clark encourages them to participate in a variety of collaborative and public discussions on diverse art historical topics as well as on larger questions and motivations that shape the practice of art history.

The Clark Art Institute combines a public art museum with a complex of research and academic programs, including a major art history library. Scholars may propose topics that relate to the visual arts, their history, practice, theory, or interpretation. Any proposal that contributes to understanding the nature of artistic activity and the intellectual, social, and cultural worlds with which it is connected is welcome.


  • Fellowships are awarded on a scale related to need and earnings, up to a maximum rate of $60,000 per year;
  • Travel to and from the Clark will be reimbursed for the scholar and an accompanying family member. Clark Fellows’ tax liability to the United States government will be considered in accordance with the tax regulations of the Internal Revenue Service on a case-by-case basis.


  • Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or demonstrate equivalent professional experience;
  • They may come from the academic or museum worlds, or from other professional backgrounds, and may be residents of any country;
  • They may be employed, full- or part-time, or be independent historians, curators, and/or critics.


  • Applicants are required to complete an online application form, available below. All materials must be submitted in English;
  • After clicking the ‘submit’ button below, please e-mail the following to
    • A curriculum vitae (pdf; 3 double-spaced pages or fewer)
    • A statement (pdf; 3 double-spaced pages or fewer) in English that outlines the assumptions and critical commitments that animate your project. It is important to situate the project within the context of existing research; to indicate what is new or unusual in both subject and/or method; and to explain why there is a disciplinary need for this particular project.

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