BGC Research Fellowship

About: The Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for funded research fellowships, to be held during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at the BGC or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of the BGC’s dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable.  Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology.

The stipend rate is $3,500 per month, and housing is available. Both long- and short-term fellowships are available (for example, 6, 4 and 2 months). The timing of dates will be negotiated with individual awardees. Fellows will be given a workspace in the BGC Research Center at 38 West 86th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, in New York City.

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, and publishes West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture and Cultural Histories of the Material World (both with The University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the four exhibitions it presents every year in its Gallery space (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures and symposia are scheduled annually and are live-streamed around the world on the BGC’s YouTube channel.  

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically, via email to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu, in a single PDF file: (1) cover letter explaining why the BGC is an appropriate research affiliation and indicating the preferred length and dates of the fellowship; (2) detailed project description; (3) CV; (4) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20-30 pages. In addition, please arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted either via email (to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) or post (to Bard Graduate Center, Research Fellowship Committee, c/o Dean Elena Pinto Simon, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY, 10024).  All materials must be received by November 1, 2014.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please direct questions to the Research Fellowship Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu).

The BGC does not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award. Also, please note that the fellowship stipend and the value of the provided housing may be subject to taxes for both US citizens and non-US citizens in accordance with US tax code.

Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

2014–2015 Research Fellows

Jilly Traganou
Parsons The New School for Design
September 2014-June 2015

Barbarba Karl
MAK-Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst in Vienna
October-November 2014

Ruggero Longo
Università della Tuscia, Viterbo
December 2014-January 2015

Georgios Boudalis
Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki, Greece
February-May 2015

Amy Lonetree
University of California, Santa Cruz
June-August 2015


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