Fellowship Programs

Since its founding in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center has aimed to become the leading institute for the study of the cultural history of the material world through its MA and PhD programs, scholarly exhibitions, publications, seminars, and symposia. Its activities draw on methodologies and approaches from art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. The BGC offers a number of fellowship opportunities for researchers working in these and allied areas. The fellowship programs at the Bard Graduate Center are designed to further the institution’s goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history and material culture—what we call the “cultural history of the material world.” 

The BGC offers multiple opportunities for scholars to be in residence:

BGC/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology
A two-year, postdoctoral fellowship jointly appointed at the Bard Graduate Center and in the Anthropology Division and the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History. 

BGC Fellowship in Islamic Arts and Material Culture
A two-year, postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic arts and material culture.

Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship
A two-year fellowship funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation designed to help bridge the gap between objects as studied by conservators and objects as studied by academics in the human sciences (Art History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology).  The fellowship is part of “Cultures of Conservation,” an initiative designed to model a new graduate curriculum at the BGC. 

BGC Research Fellowship
Long and short-term fellowships for scholars (postdoctoral) and museum professionals for both collections-based research at the BGC or elsewhere in New York, and for writing and reading projects that would utilize the BGC’s dynamic research environment.

BGC Visiting Fellowship
Long and short-term, non-stipendiary, postdoctoral research fellowships.  

For more information about fellowship opportunities at the Bard Graduate Center, please contact Elena Pinto Simon, Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs, at simon@bgc.bard.edu or 212-501-3057.

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

* The BGC is a graduate research institute devoted to study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. It offers MA and PhD degrees, possesses a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials, publishes West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, Cultural Histories of the Material World (University of Michigan Press) and the catalogues which accompany the four exhibitions it presents every year in its Gallery space. Over 50 research seminars, lectures and symposia are scheduled annually and are live-streamed around the world on the BGC’s YouTube channel.  Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.


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