Fellowship Programs FAQs

What kinds of visiting fellowships for scholars does the BGC offer?
The BGC currently has five types of fellowships, each of which has different responsibilities, application requirements, lengths of appointment, etc.: 


The BGC/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology and the BGC Fellowship in Islamic Arts and Material Culture are full-time two-year postdoctoral appointments, involving teaching, research, service, and museum/gallery work. We are currently accepting applications for the BGC Fellowship in Islamic Arts and Material Culture, to be held during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years; the application deadline is November 15, 2014. The next application period for BGC/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology will be Fall 2015 (for a fellowship commencing Fall 2016).

We are currently accepting applications for two full-time one-year Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowships, to be held during the 2015-2016 academic year. These fellowships, which also involve teaching, research, service, and museum/gallery work, will pair emerging humanities-trained scholars with ongoing or new museum-based conservation projects. The application deadline is December 1, 2014.

BGC Research Fellows conduct research, participate in the intellectual life of the BGC, and are provided with workspace, housing, and a stipend during the length of their fellowships in New York. The application deadline for fellowships to be held during the 2015-2016 academic year is November 1, 2014.

BGC Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who already have secure means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the BGC Research Center in New York and enable them to be a part of our dynamic scholarly community in New York on a short-term basis. Application info will be posted online soon; the application deadline for fellowships to be held during the 2015-2016 academic year will be April 1, 2015.

How are the announcements made? How can I find out about these fellowships?
Application information for our various fellowships is posted on the BGC website and on the job search pages of professional organizations in the humanities, such as H-Net, the College Art Association, and the American Historical Association.  Dates and requirements vary from position to position and from year to year.

How are the fellowships decided?
A BGC faculty committee, including the Dean, is involved in the selection process.

Is housing available?
Yes, depending on circumstances. Those interested in housing should indicate this in their application.

What kinds of additional things might a fellow be asked to do at the BGC?
Fellows are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the BGC by attending our special academic events (Seminars, Symposia, Brown Bag Lunches, and Work-in-Progress Seminars), by making themselves available for informal meetings with students and faculty who are interested in their work, and by giving a presentation on their research to the BGC community on a mutually agreed upon date.

If I plan to remain employed elsewhere during the time of the fellowship, am I eligible to apply for this award to augment my current responsibilities? May I hold this fellowship AND still be employed full-time or part-time elsewhere?
The BGC/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology, the BGC Fellowship in Islamic Arts and Material Culture, and the Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship are all full-time academic appointments.

BGC Visiting and Research Fellowships are meant to for scholars who are on leave to do research full-time. They are not intended to augment another position or be an additional award for someone who intends to teach or work elsewhere during the period of the fellowship.


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