The fellowship programs at Bard Graduate Center are designed to further the institution’s goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history, and material culture—what we call the “cultural history of the material world.” We offer a number of fellowship opportunities for researchers working in these and allied areas.

View our Frequently Asked Questions below for general information about fellowships at Bard Graduate Center. For questions, please contact fellowships@bgc.bard.edu.

Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology

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.

Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship

Bard Graduate Center hosts two postdoctoral fellows funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to help bridge the gap between the ways objects are studied by conservators and the ways they are approached by academics in the human sciences (Art History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology).

Bard Graduate Center Research Fellowships

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?”

Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships

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 2017–18 academic year. The theme for this period is “What is distance?”

Bard Graduate Center 2016-17 Fellows

Bard Graduate Center, a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH), offers long- and short-term fellowships for researchers working on the cultural history of the material world, whether through art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, or archaeology. The following Fellows will be in residence at Bard Graduate Center during the 2016–17 academic year.


Christina Anderson
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Research Fellow, November–December 2016

Malcolm Baker
University of California, Riverside
Research Fellow, September–October 2016

Alicia Boswell
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation, Fall 2016–Summer 2017

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

Paula Sofia Hohti
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki
Visiting Fellow, November–December 2016

Maggie Jackson
Independent Scholar
Visiting Fellow, October–November 2016

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

Tobias Locker
Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Visiting Fellow, May 2016

Urmila Mohan
Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology, Fall 2016–Summer 2018

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

Jeffrey Quilter
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
Research Fellow, February–April 2017

Stephanie Sadre-Orafai
University of Cincinnati
Visiting Fellow, April–June 2017

Uthara Suvrathan
Independent Scholar
Visiting Fellow, January–May 2017

Jessica Walthew
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Cultures of Conservation, Fall 2016–Summer 2017

Past Bard Graduate Center Fellows

Past Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows


Stephanie Su
(Fall 2015–Summer 2016)
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Vera A. Solovyeva (Fall 2015–Summer 2016)
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Gabrielle Berlinger (Fall 2013–Summer 2015)
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Hanna Hölling (Fall 2013–Summer 2015)
Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation

Past Bard Graduate Center Research Fellows


Brendan Dooley

University College Cork, Ireland
September 2015; November–December 2015

Haidy Geismar
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

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

Past Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellows


Tian Chun

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
September–December 2015

Matthew Dennis
University of Oregon
April–June 2016

Daniel Hershenzon
University of Connecticut
October–December 2014

Steven Leuthold
Northern Michigan University
October–November 2014

Richard Taws
University College London
October–December 2014

Anne Kraatz
Independent Scholar
November 2014

Céline Ventura Teixeira
University of Paris-Sorbonne
May–June 2014

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

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

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

Wolfgang Brückle
University of Zürich
January–February 2014

D. Graham Burnett
Princeton University
September 2013–June 2014

Susannah Fisher
Hunter College
September 2013–March 2014

Sean Leatherbury
University of Oxford
September 2013–March 2014

Alison Goodrum
Manchester Metropolitan University
November 2013–January 2014

Hannah Rogers
Cornell University
September–December 2013

Rikke Baggesen
Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen
March–April 2013

Sarah Lepinksi
Bryn Mawr College
October 2012–May 2013
Fellowship Programs FAQ

What kinds of fellowships for visiting scholars does Bard Graduate Center offer?

Bard Graduate Center currently has four types of fellowships, each of which has different responsibilities, application requirements, lengths of appointment, etc.:

How can I find out about fellowship opportunities at Bard Graduate Center?

Application information for our various fellowships is posted on the Bard Graduate Center 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 Bard Graduate Center 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 Bard Graduate Center?

Fellows are expected to participate in the intellectual life of Bard Graduate Center by attending 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 Bard Graduate Center 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 Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology and the Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship are full-time academic appointments.

Bard Graduate Center Visiting and Research Fellowships are meant 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.