Fellowship Programs FAQs
What kinds of visiting fellowships for scholars does the BGC offer?
The BGC has three kinds of fellowships available. These are teaching fellows, research fellows, and visiting fellows.
Teaching fellows are selected every two years in the area of Islamic art and material culture, and in museum anthropology in conjunction with a joint appointment with the American Museum of Natural History. These are announced broadly, sometimes with specific areas of research in mind. The AMNH search has just been completed for 2014-16, and the application period for the Islamic postdoc has just ended. This appointment will also be for 2014-16. There is also an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Cultures of Conservation, and the next round of applications for that will be announced in 2014-15 for appointment in 2015. These three fellowships are funded, and each has specific responsibilities.
Please see our main fellowship page for more information about all three of these teaching fellowships.
The second type of fellowship is a newly-created residential research fellowship. Depending on the application pool, one award for twelve months may be made, twelve for one month, or some combination of longer and shorter. No award will be made for less than one month and it carries a $3,500 per month stipend and a housing option. Please see our fellowship page on our website for more information about research fellowships.
Finally, we have a number of visiting fellows appointments. These are meant for and aimed at those who have secured funding already, but have reason to be in NYC for a period of time. Again, these are flexible, and could be for a whole academic year, or for part of a year. These do not include funding from the BGC, but do provide a desk in our research center, along with membership in our lively academic community.
How are the announcements made? How can I find out about these fellowships?
The fellowships are announced via email, and on our website. They are also posted to H-NET. Deadlines change slightly from year to year, so it is best to check with each announcement about due dates.
How are the fellowships decided?
A BGC faculty committee, including the Dean, is involved in selecting the fellows.
Is housing available?
In some cases, housing is included with the fellowship. In others, notably the visiting fellows, housing is available at the BGC housing facility – Bard Hall – at the expense of the visiting fellow. Each description on our website indicates which fellowships include housing as part of the stipend, and which do not.
What kinds of additional things might a fellow be asked to do at the BGC?
We ask all fellows to take part in the intellectual life of our community. The BGC runs seminar series, lunchtime talks, and a number of symposia every year, and fellows are invited to all of these. From time to time, all fellows should be willing to present either at a lunchtime meeting or in the evening, some sample of the research work they are undertaking while in NYC.
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 award is meant for a scholar who is on leave to do research, and not to augment or be an additional award for someone who intends to also be teaching, etc. elsewhere, during the period of the fellowship.
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