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.
CLARK FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW
Stipends are dependent on salary and sabbatical replacement needs. Housing in the Clark's Scholars' Residence, located across the street from the campus, is also provided.
Fellows are furnished with offices in the library, located in the Manton Research Center, which contains a collection of almost 280,000 catalogued volumes. The Clark is within walking distance of Williams College, its libraries, and its art museum. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is a ten-minute drive away.
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent professional experience. The Clark does not award pre-doctoral fellowships, nor does it award fellowships to those who have received their PhD within the last four years.
GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION
Subjects of investigation might come from any period, from prehistory to the present, and from anywhere in the world. Projects can be focused on works in any medium and can employ any methodological approach. Attention, however, will be given to proposals that promise to deepen, transform, or challenge those methods currently practiced within art history or that have the prospect of enhancing an understanding of the role of images in other disciplines in the humanities.
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT
SPECIAL CLARK FELLOWSHIPS
CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP (NEW)These new month-long fellowships will allow curators, whether completing a catalogue essay or conceptualizing a future exhibition, to carry out research and participate fully in the intellectual and residential life of the Clark and its Research and Academic Program, but do so for periods of time more suitable to most museum professionals. (FALL 2019)
BEINECKE FELLOWSHIPThe Beinecke Fellowship, endowed by the former chair of the Research and Academic Program Trustee Committee, Frederick W. Beinecke, is awarded to a noted senior scholar for one semester.
CENTER FOR SPAIN IN AMERICA FELLOWSHIP
Sponsored by the Center for Spain in America, this one-semester fellowship is intended to support the study of all aspects of Spanish art from the early medieval period to the beginning of the twentieth century, as well as the worldwide impact of Spanish art and artists. In addition to research for a publication and/or exhibition on specific artists or periods, we welcome projects examining collecting and connoisseurship of Spanish art—particularly in the Americas—and the influence and importance of Spanish art and its reception throughout the world.
CLARK / OAKLEY HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIP
FLORENCE GOULD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPEndowed by the Florence Gould Foundation, dedicated to French-American cultural exchange, the one semester Gould Foundation Fellowship is awarded annually to a senior scholar or curator, with priority given to an applicant from a French museum or institution of higher education or to an individual pursuing a project in the field of French art and visual studies.
MICHAEL ANN HOLLY FELLOWSHIP
Named to recognize and honor the Starr Director Emerita of the Research and Academic Program, the Holly Fellowship is awarded for not less than one semester, with priority given to a project that engages a senior humanities scholar in an exploration of the visual from a critical or historiographic perspective.
KRESS FELLOWSHIP IN THE LITERATURE OF ARTFunded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this one-semester fellowship is particularly directed to a scholar whose work engages critically with the literature of art “before the era of art history” (i.e., before the formation of a discipline of art history in the mid-nineteenth century). The Clark seeks applicants whose focus might be theoretical or aesthetic treatises, anecdotes, histories, translations of texts, artists’ writings, or other material that might broadly be described as part of the literature of art or the pre-history of art history, with priority given to those projects focused on Western art.