Finding External Fellowships and Grants

We encourage all students to apply for outside aid. External awards provide you with extended research opportunities and professional contacts. They also comprise public recognition of the quality of your scholarly work, which is important to your career beyond Brown. There are numerous grants and fellowships available to individuals on the basis of field of specialization, project content, personal demographics, and various other criteria. The Department does its utmost to aid students in their application process. However, you must take the initiative in researching and seeking aid. A list of grants and fellowships to which our grad students have commonly made successful application is provided below. In most cases, information is available online; in a few cases you will receive information via email from Chantée Watts, or from announcements posted in the grad lounge. This is only a partial list. You will find other awards relevant to your work by using the many search tools listed on the “Resources” section of the Department’s website.

Many major grants are competitive within a department, which means that we can only nominate one candidate. You will be asked to provide a short proposal requesting nomination if you wish to apply for one of these grants. Nominations are decided upon by the faculty in October; you will receive an email from Diana Adamczyk alerting you to the deadline for submission of proposals. The deadline is usually on or around October 15th.

Other grants are open competitions and you can apply on your own. In each case, the Department and especially your advisor will give you as much assistance as possible in formulating your application. Be sure to ask for recommendation letters well in advance of deadlines, and supply your letter writers with all the information necessary for them to compose and submit a timely and positive letter of reference. Note, also, that although many grant deadlines are in late fall or even winter, the summer is an ideal time to start the process of identifying and preparing to apply for grants.

Department nomination required:

Proposals due in the main office by October 15. Consult institutional websites for current year’s description and exact deadline dates.

CASVA (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art)

Several fellowships in various fields, offering 1 or 2 year combinations of travel research funding and residence at the CASVA Research Institute. The Department may nominate one candidate for each. Deadline: Mid November.

Robert C. Vose, Jr. and Ann Peterson Vose Scholarship in American Art History

Program of The Copley Society of Boston. Deadline: Mid November.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Two-Year Research Fellowships for Research Abroad; Travel Fellowships in the History of Art

Dissertation research must focus on European art before 1900. Deadline: November 30th.

Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

In support of a graduate student studying any aspect of the modernist tradition. The Foundation awards doctoral dissertation fellowships in art history. Deadline: Early December.

J. M. Stuart Fellowship – John Carter Brown Library

The nine-month J. M. Stuart Fellowship is reserved for a graduate student at Brown University. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application. For scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of the European, African, and Native American involvement. Must be in residence in Providence for duration of award. Deadline: Early January.

Society of Architectural Historians – Samuel H. Kress Dissertation Fellowship

The fellowship will support preparation of a dissertation focusing on the history of architecture and the built environment in Europe from ancient times through 1800. The subject area can include architectural, interior and landscape design, preservation and urban planning in Europe. Deadline: Mid January.

Society of Architectural Historians – Beverly Willis Archtecture Dissertation Fellowship

The fellowship will support preparation of a dissertation focusing on the history (pre-1980) of women’s contributions to the production of architecture, whether as practitioners of design, urbanism, landscape or engineering, as advocates of preservation and planning, or as architectural historians, theorists, teachers and critics. Dealine: Mid January.

Graham Foundation – Carter Manny Award

Architecture/urbanism and other arts that are immediately contributive to architecture. Offered by the Graham Foundation. Deadline: March.

Keepers Preservation Education Fund Fellowships

In support of educational activities related to the fields of historic preservation and architectural conservation. Eligibility: historic preservation or such allied fields as American studies, anthropology, archeology, architecture, art history, history, planning or building conservation, among others. Rolling deadline: “at least three months in advance of actual need.”

Open Competition Awards:

Please check institutional websites for current year’s description and exact deadline dates.

September Deadline

Fulbright Program

Application process is coordinated by the Graduate School; contact Dean Tyler for details. Please check the Fulbright Program website during the summer to start early application process.

October Deadline

College Art Association – Professional Development Fellowship

To help MFA and PhD candidates in art and art history bridge the gap between their graduate study and professional careers. $15,000 and mentorship.

Getty Research Institute / Getty Villa – Pre-Doctoral Fellowship; Library Research Grant

Year-long residential research fellowship; partial grant for short term research in collections of the Getty Research Institute.

Society of Architectural Historians – Demontequin Research Fellowship

Supports travel related to research on Spanish, Portuguese or Ibero-American architecture.

November Deadline

ACLS Southeast European Studies Program – Dissertation Development, Research, and Writing Fellowships

All disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences; research that will contribute to a better understanding of the region and policy-making related to it.

American Academy in Rome – Rome Prize Fellowships

Scholars working in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, or Modern Italian Studies for whom research time in Italy, and especially in the city of Rome, is essential, and who have not had extensive prior experience there. 11-month or two year residential fellowships available.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships – Dissertation Completion Fellowship

To assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. May be held no later than 7th year.

Archaeological Institute of America 

Applicant must be members of the AIA. Multiple fellowships and awards offered. Those with November deadlines (see also AIA entry in January):

  • Olivia James Traveling Fellowship, Archaeological Institute of America
    For travel and study in Greece, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, southern Italy, Asia Minor or Mesopotamia.
  • Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the AIA and the American Academy in Rome
    To support a Rome Prize Fellowship for the study of archaeology or classical studies
  • The Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship
    To support projects relating to the archaeology of Portugal
  • Harriet & Leon Pomerance Fellowship
    To support an individual project of a scholarly nature, related to Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology.

DAAD German Studies Research Grants

1-10 months with possibility of 1-yr extension. Applicants must have an invitation from the German institution at which they plan to do research. Application process is coordinated through the Graduate School; contact Dean Heindel for details.

Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowships and Summer Fellwoships

Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies, Garden & Landscape Studies.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

Administered by American Council of Learned Societies. American art includes art related to the American experience in the United States; specifically, scholarly study of American painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photography, and architecture. The program is limited to the visual arts, and does not include grants for film or broadcast media.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowship Program

Several awards available. Proposed projects should relate to the Museum's collection. Possible fields of research for art history candidates include Western art; Asian art; the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; antiquities; arms and armor; costumes; drawings; illuminated manuscripts; paintings; photographs; sculpture; and textiles. Some fellowships for travel abroad are also available for students whose projects involve firsthand examination of paintings in major European collections.

Social Science Research Council –Int’l Dissertation Field Research Fellowships

For research on topics requiring at least 9 months of on-site research outside of the US.

December Deadline

The Berlin Program Fellowships

The Berlin Program Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research. Fellowship stipends are EUR 1100 per month for fellows working on a dissertation project and EUR 1400 per month for recent Ph.D.’s.  Fellowships awarded to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century for a research period in Berlin between 10-12 months.  U.S. and Canadian nationals, permanent and long-term residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students at a North American university who have completed all coursework required for the Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.’s. who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.  Deadline: December 1, 2013. www.fu-berlin.de/bprogram

Detroit Institute of Arts - Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships

Advanced training in the conservation of sculpture and decorative arts.

Getty Center Graduate Internships

For graduate students interested in all aspects of museum careers.

Huntington Library Fellowships

Several themed awards, 1-5 months. British and American history, literature, art history, the history of science and medicine, botany, horticulture, etc.

Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities & the Arts

Seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities.

Williams College - Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships for Minority Graduate Students

Bolin Fellowships are one-year residencies at Williams. Fellows devote the bulk of their residency to the completion of dissertation work and teach one course as a faculty member in one of the College's academic departments or programs.

Walters Art Museum - Carol Bates Fellowship

Internship for graduate students in art history interested in pursuing a museum career; should have completed the M.A. degree and be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the time of application.

January Deadline

American Antiquarian Society

Numerous themed awards fund visiting academic research for one to three months each year.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Numerous themed awards for residency and study of art, visual culture and craft in the US.

Archaeological Institute of America – Anna C. & Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship

Applicant must be members of the AIA. To support study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Frick Collection – Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship

At the Frick Collection, 2-year fellowship for those who wish to pursue a curatorial career.

Lemelson Center Senior Fellows Program

Supports projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. The fellowship program provides access to the Smithsonian's vast artifact and archival collections, as well as to the expertise of the Institution's research staff. 10 weeks max.

Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship – Yale University

The Library offers visiting fellowships, normally for four weeks, as well as travel grants of lesser duration, to scholars engaged in post-doctoral or equivalent research and to doctoral candidates at the dissertation stage. 18th-c prints, drawings, manuscripts, books, and paintings; advanced research in most aspects of British eighteenth-century studies.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Numerous short-term fellowships for research at the Society; also, a fellowship designed for use at multiple New England region research institutions.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowships in Conservation

Numerous internships for graduate students interested in museum careers.

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – Junior Fellowships; Rome Fellowship

3 month fellowship in London for study of British art; 4 month fellowship in Rome for Grand tour subjects and Anglo-Italian artistic and cultural relations.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

Predoctoral Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. 3 to 12 months.
Graduate Student Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program, who have completed at least one semester and not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian. 10 weeks.

Society of Architectural Historians (New England Chapter) – John Coolidge Research Fellowship

Small grant for research related to architecture and urbanism.

Winterthur Residential Research Fellowship Program

Material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the Atlantic World, childhood, sentimental literary culture, and many other areas of social and cultural history.

McNeil Dissertation Fellowships

One or two semester long fellowships for doctoral candidates conducting dissertation research.

Winterthur Research Fellowships

One to three month short term fellowships for academic, museum, and independent scholars, including graduate students.

Yale Center for British Art Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

1-2 months, for research in British Art. Must be ABD to apply.

February Deadline

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center – Dissertation Fellowship

Designated for graduate students who are working on doctoral dissertations. For work in HRC collections. Annual theme.

March Deadline

Cogut Center for the Humanities Graduate Fellowship – Brown University

PhD candidates only. Participation in intellectual life of Humanities Center; standard graduate stipend.

Deborah J. Norden Fund Grant

Up to $5,000 in travel/ study grants in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.

Newberry Library Fellowships

Short-term fellowships with terms of one week to two months for research appropriate to the collections of the Newberry Library. Candidates must be from outside the Chicago area.

Pembroke Seminar Graduate Fellowship – Brown University

Themed research seminar; residence required. $1000 honorarium.

U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellowship

To support research on the art and architecture of the US Capitol complex.

April Deadline

Francis Haskell Memorial Fund Scholarship

Grants to enable scholars to spend time in libraries or archives carrying out advanced research in the history of western art. Preference to pre-1914 topics and to research carried out outside the applicant’s country of residence.