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ACLS News

Announcing Getty-ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

7/6/2017

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, made possible by a major grant from the Getty Foundation, will support innovative research by early career art historians.

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 research projects that broaden the understanding of art and its history. 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 are available online at www.acls.org/programs/getty/. The application deadline is October 25, 2017.

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