We expect to begin accepting applications in late summer/early fall 2017 for 2018–19 fellowships. Please check back then for more information on applying for this fellowship.


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 2017–18 academic year. The theme for this period is “What is distance?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of our 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 (1–6 months). The timing of dates will be negotiated with individual awardees. Fellows will be given a workspace in our Research Center at 38 West 86th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, in New York City.

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the 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 the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions it presents every year in its gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are live-streamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’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 Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation and how your work bears on the question “What is distance?” Please also indicate your preferred length and dates of the fellowship; (2) 150-word abstract of project; (3) detailed project description; (4) CV; (5) 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 (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) or post (to Bard Graduate Center, Research Fellowship Committee, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY, 10024). All materials must be received by November 1, 2016. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

We do 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 direct questions to the Research Fellowship Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

2017–2018 Research Fellows
Visa Immonen
University of Helsinki
April–May 2018

Jeffrey Moser
Brown University
February–April 2018

Mark Salber Phillips
Carleton University, Ottawa
January 2018

Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset
Independent Scholar
October–November 2017

Amanda Wunder
CUNY Graduate Center
September–December 2017
2016–2017 Research Fellows
Christina Anderson
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
November–December 2016

Malcolm Baker
University of California, Riverside
September–October 2016

Henry John Drewal
University of Wisconsin-Madison
May–August 2017

Pat Kirkham
Bard Graduate Center; Kingston University, London
September–December 2016

Jeffrey Quilter
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
February–April 2017
2015–2016 Research Fellows
Brendan Dooley
University College Cork, Ireland
September 2015; November–December 2015

Haidy Gesimar
University College London
September–December 2015

Susanne Ebbinghaus
Harvard Art Museums
January–March 2016

K.L.H. Wells
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
June–August 2016
2014–2015 Research Fellows
Jilly Traganou
Parsons The New School for Design
September 2014–June 2015

Barbara Karl
MAK-Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst, Vienna
October–November 2014

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

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

Amy Lonetree
University of California, Santa Cruz
June–July 2015