We expect to begin accepting applications in late summer/early fall 2017 for an appointment that will start July 1, 2018. Please check back then for more information on applying for this fellowship.


Bard Graduate Center and the American Museum of Natural History host one two-year postdoctoral fellow jointly appointed at Bard Graduate Center and in the Anthropology Division at the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History. The fellow pursues a project focused on a specific area of material culture. Current and past areas of specialization include Southeast Asian textiles, indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, Oceania, South American textiles, and Australian Aboriginal cultures. The project makes use of the AMNH collection. The fellow teaches one graduate course each year and mounts an innovative small exhibition, ideally drawing on the collections of the AMNH, in Bard Graduate Center’s Gallery. A major purpose of the Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Fellowship is to promote mutual scholarly interest and interaction among our fellows, faculty, and students, and the AMNH academic community. A PhD in Anthropology or a related field is required.

Current and past fellows include:

Urmila Mohan
Fall 2016–Summer 2018
Focust Project Exhibition: Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles

Shawn C. Rowlands

Fall 2014–Summer 2016
Focus Project Exhibition: Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania

Nicola Sharratt
Fall 2012–Summer 2014
Focus Project Exhibition: Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas

Erin Hasinoff
Fall 2010–Summer 2012
Focus Project Exhibition: Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma

Aaron Glass
Fall 2008–Summer 2010
Focus Project Exhibition: Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast