Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces Visiting Senior Fellowship Program 2024, Apply Now


Visiting Senior Fellowship Program – The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts invites application for its Visiting Senior Fellowships Program 2024-25. Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period.


Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program. Each visiting senior fellow is provided with a study. In addition, visiting senior fellows who relocate to Washington are provided with housing in apartments near the Gallery, subject to availability.


The Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowships expand the Center’s existing visiting senior fellowship program. Up to two fellowships will be awarded for the period March 1–August 15, 2024. Qualified applicants are also considered for Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships.


Fields of Study

  • Leonard A. Lauder, Paul Mellon, and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships are intended to support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. For the Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowship, the Center encourages applications in historically marginalized fields. 


Important Dates

  • Award period: March 1–August 15, 2024
  • Application Deadline: September 21, 2023


Eligibility Criteria

  • Visiting senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment. Individuals currently affiliated with the National Gallery of Art are not eligible for the visiting senior fellowship program. Visiting senior fellowships are awarded without regard to the age or nationality of applicants. 


Applications Process

  • Candidates for visiting senior fellowships must submit, on or before the deadline, an online application that includes a proposal and a copy of one article or chapter of a book. Two letters of recommendation in support of the application are required.
  • Visiting senior fellows may receive awards in three consecutive years but thereafter must wait three years before reapplying to the Center. Individuals may not apply for other Center fellowships while an application is pending or once a fellowship has been awarded. Visiting senior fellowships may not be postponed or renewed.


Selection Process

  • Applications are reviewed by an external selection committee composed of scholars in the history of art and related disciplines. Outside readers may assist in the evaluation of proposals.



  • Recipients of Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships are eligible for an augmented stipend of $12,500 for a two-month residency, which includes a supplement of $2,500 to support future research and publication expenses. 
  • Recipients of Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fellowships will receive a basic stipend of $7,000 or $8,000, depending upon relocation requirements. In addition, fellows receive housing, as available.

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