The Clark offers between ten and sixteen Clark Fellowships each year, ranging in duration from one to ten months. National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.
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 200,000 books and 700 periodicals. 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 Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience. The Clark does not award pre-doctoral fellowships, and given the intense competition for fellowships, awards are not normally made to those who have received their Ph.D. within the last four years.
THE CLARK / OAKLEY HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIP
In conjunction with the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College, the Clark offers an academic-year fellowship for a scholar in the humanities whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to some aspect of the visual. The selected fellow will have an office at the Oakley Center, be housed at the Clark scholars' residence, and participate fully in the rich intellectual life of both advanced research institutes.
FLORENCE GOULD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Endowed 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.
KRESS FELLOWSHIP IN THE LITERATURE OF ART
Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this 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.
MELLON DECADE FELLOWSHIP
The Mellon Decade Fellowship, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is awarded to a scholar, curator, or art practitioner in the middle stage of his/her career, approximately a decade after receiving the doctorate. As a further acknowledgement of the changed professional landscape for humanities Ph.D.'s, the appointment is not limited to university-based academics.
MELLON NETWORK FELLOWSHIP
The Mellon Network Fellowship supports a Clark residency of one semester for a scholar at any stage of his/her career involved in a project addressing communication and technology – of all eras – across the visual humanities. The award also supports critical thinking about the changing states of media in art-historical research today.
In addition, RAP awards the following fellowships:
The 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.
This fellowship has been named to recognize and honor Michael Ann Holly, eminent art historian and Starr Director Emeritus 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.
SUMMER COLLABORATIVE WORKING GROUP FELLOWSHIP
We also invite applications for the Clark’s Summer Collaborative Working Group (SCWG), a Williamstown-based gathering intended for group projects—a book, an exhibition, a work of art, etc.—which may (but are not specifically required to) take advantage the resources of the Clark Library. The collaborative project occurs over a four to five week period during the summer months. Group size is normally between three and five individuals. The Clark provides housing, transportation, and a modest stipend for each participant. Applicants for the SCWG must submit a single, three-page double-spaced statement of purpose (and abstract) accompanied by individual CV’s for each participant.
Applicants are required to complete an online application form, available below. All materials must be submitted in English.
All application materials must be received by October 15.
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