Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2020–21 academic year. The theme for this period is “How Do We Know?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the Bard Graduate Center Research Center and enable them to be a part of our dynamic scholarly community in New York City. 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. Visiting Fellowships may be awarded for anywhere from one month to the full academic year.

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. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish 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 presented every year in our Gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to in a single PDF file: (1) BGC fellowship application form; (2)cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation and how your work bears on the question “How Do We Know?”; (3) 150-word abstract of project; (4) detailed project description; (5) CV; (6) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages; (7) names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation are not required. All materials must be received by March 1, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Visiting Fellowship Committee via email ( and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Read more about our 2020–21 theme “How Do We Know?”

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award.

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2019–2020 Visiting Fellows
Susanna Caviglia
Duke University
Visiting Fellow, December 2019

Stefan Heidemann
Hamburg University
Visiting Fellow, October 2019–August 2020
2018–2019 Visiting Fellows
Eduardo A. Escobar
Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, University of Chicago
Visiting Fellow, September 2018

Sandy Ng
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design
Visiting Fellow, February 2019

Jenny H. Shaffer
New York University
Visiting Fellow, September–October 2018
2017–2018 Visiting Fellows
Fabio Barry
Stanford University
September–December 2017

Jeanette Lynes
University of Saskatchewan
November–December 2017

Elizabeth Rodini
Johns Hopkins University
January–May 2018

Olaya Sanfuentes
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
June–July 2018

Otto von Busch
Parsons School of Design, The New School
February–May 2018
2016–2017 Visiting Fellows
Paula Sofia Hohti
November–December 2016
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki

Maggie Jackson
September–October 2016
Independent Scholar

Tobias Locker
May 2016
Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Beth H. Piatote
September–November 2016
University of California, Berkeley

Stephanie Sadre-Orafai
April–June 2017
University of Cincinnati

Uthara Suvrathan
January–May 2017
Independent Scholar
2015–2016 Visiting Fellows
Tian Chun
September–December 2015
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Matthew Dennis
April–June 2016
University of Oregon
2014–2015 Visiting Fellows
Daniel Hershenzon
October–December 2014
University of Connecticut

Steven Leuthold
October–November 2014
Northern Michigan University

Richard Taws
October–December 2014
University College London

Anne Kraatz
November 2014
Independent Scholar
2013–2014 Visiting Fellows
Céline Ventura Teixeira
May–June 2014
University of Paris-Sorbonne

Alison Clarke
April–May 2014
University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Monica L. Smith
March–June 2014
University of California, Los Angeles

Joseph Sciorra
February–June 2014
Queens College, City University of New York

Wolfgang Brückle
January–February 2014
University of Zürich

D. Graham Burnett
September 2013–June 2014
Princeton University

Susannah Fisher
September 2013–March 2014
Hunter College

Sean Leatherbury
September 2013–March 2014
University of Oxford

Alison Goodrum
November 2013–January 2014
Manchester Metropolitan University

Hannah Rogers
September–December 2013
Cornell University
2012–2013 Visiting Fellows
Rikke Baggesen
March–April 2013
Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen

Sarah Lepinksi
October 2012–May 2013
Bryn Mawr College