The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is inviting applications for its Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art, made possible by the generous support of the Getty Foundation.
These fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars from around the world for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.
Fields of Research:
- Any humanistic field so long as the research draws substantially on the materials, methods, and/or findings of art history, and contributes to the field.
- ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.
- Applicants must have a Ph.D. that was conferred between September 1, 2015, and December 31, 2019.
- Applicants who earned their PhDs in and/or are currently employed in any humanistic field may apply, so long as they demonstrate that their research draws substantially on the materials, methods, and/or findings of art history, and contributes to the field. Scholars may propose new approaches to art historical scholarship and/or explore connections between art history and other humanistic disciplines.
- This program welcomes proposals from applicants without restriction as to citizenship, country of residency, location of work proposed, or employment. Scholars who have experience studying, teaching, and/or conducting art historical research in non-U.S. contexts are especially encouraged to apply.
- Scholars need not have a full-time academic appointment to apply. Independent and untenured scholars are especially encouraged to apply.
- 10 fellowships, each with a salary-replacement stipend of $60,000, plus $5,000 for research and travel during the award period.
- The fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the work proposed. Awards also will include a one-week residence (in July 2022) at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles following the fellowship period.
- Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants, though they may be combined with a sabbatical. Tenure of the award must encompass the entirety of the 2021-22 academic year, during which fellows must devote themselves to full-time research and writing.
Application Requirements & Evaluation Criteria:
Applications must be submitted online through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system (OFA) and must include:
- Completed application form.
- Proposal (no more than ten pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font).
- Project bibliography (no more than two pages).
- Publications list (no more than two pages).
- Writing sample (no more than fifteen pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font).
- Two reference letters.
- Up to three additional pages of images or other supporting non-text materials (optional).
Peer reviewers in this program are asked to evaluate all eligible proposals on the following four criteria:
- The potential of the project to advance the field of art history and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge of art and its history.
- The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
- The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed time frame.
- The applicant’s scholarly record and potential for scholarly achievement.
See related links: Fellowship FAQs, Sample 2020 Application and "Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions" by Christina M. Gillis.
- Application deadline is October 28, 2020 9:00 p.m. ET.
- Notifications will be sent via email by late March 2021.