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 and artists working in these and allied areas. See below for details regarding specific fellowships. For questions, please contact [email protected]

Fields of the Future Fellowships

Bard Graduate Center (BGC) is pleased to continue its annual Fields of the Future fellowship and mentorship program, which aims to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. These fellowships—for both scholars and artists—reflect our commitment to explore and expand the sources, techniques, voices, and questions of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship from different perspectives.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2023–24 Fields of the Future Fellowships. Please check back for information about applying for 2024–25 fellowships in fall 2023.

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 2023–24 academic year. 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 join our dynamic, intellectual, and scholarly community in New York City.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2023–24 Visiting Fellowships. Please check back for information about applying for 2024–25 fellowships in fall 2023.

Fellowship Programs FAQ

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

Bard Graduate Center currently has two types of fellowships, each of which has different responsibilities, application requirements, and lengths of appointment:

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. Dates and requirements vary from position to position and from year to year.

How are the fellowships decided?

A committee comprised of Bard Graduate Center faculty and staff selects all fellows, considering the extent to which the scholarly and artistic projects relate to Bard Graduate Center. Questions that the committee will consider in its evaluation include:

  • Is our institution, library, collections well-suited to support this fellowship?
  • How much does the applicant’s work engage with BGC’s core mission?
  • What role does research play in the applicant’s work? Would the applicant or the applicant’s work contribute to the institution’s goals towards equity and inclusion?

Is housing available?

Housing is provided for Fields of the Future Fellows. Housing is available at cost and is dependent on availability for Visiting Fellows.

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.

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 Fields of the Future and Visiting Fellowships are meant to support full-time research and practice. 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.

For the Fields of the Future Fellowship, what kinds of projects might be considered?

This initiative will consider a range of research and creative projects which may include (but are not limited to) design and disability studies, the material culture of the African, Asian, and Oceanic diasporas, indigeneity, design and climate change, design and public health, and the material culture of ethnic minorities and of LGBTQ communities.

Bard Graduate Center 2022-23 Fellows

kelli rae adams
Fields of the Future Research Fellow, Spring 2023

Michael Chazan
Visiting Fellow, Spring 2023

Isabelle Marina Held
Visiting Fellow, 2022–23

Annissa Malvoisin
Bard Graduate Center/Brooklyn Museum Postdoctoral Fellow in the Arts of Africa 2021-2024

Juan Carlos G Mantilla
Fields of the Future Research Fellow, Spring 2023

Karen B. Stern
Visiting Fellow, Spring 2023

Nima Valibeig
Visiting Fellow, Fall 2022

Zeev Weiss
Visiting Fellow, Spring 2023

Charisse Pearlina Weston
Paul and Irene Hollister Fields of the Future Research Fellow, Fall 2022

Past Bard Graduate Center Fellows
Andrew W. Mellon Cultures of Conservation Fellows

Soon Kai Poh
Conservation as a Human Science Fellow
August 2019–June 2022

Alicia Boswell
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation
Fall 2016–Summer 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Bard Graduate Center / American Museum of Natural History Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology

Hadley Welch Jensen
July 2018–June 2021

Urmila Mohan
Fall 2016–Summer 2018

Shawn C. Rowlands
Fall 2014–Summer 2016

Nicola Sharratt
Fall 2012–Summer 2014

Erin Hasinoff
Fall 2010–Summer 2012

Aaron Glass
Fall 2008–Summer 2010

Research Fellows

Henry Colburn
University of Michigan
Fields of the Future Research Fellow, Fall 2021

Charmaine A. Nelson
NSCAD University
Fields of the Future Research Fellow, Fall 2021

Ariel Fein
Yale University
Fields of the Future Research Fellow, Spring 2022

Isabel Oleas-Mogollón
Fields of the Future Research Fellow, Spring 2022

Beeta Baghoolizadeh
Bucknell University
Research Fellow, September–December 2020

Elizabeth Guffey
State University of New York, Purchase College
Research Fellow, September–November 2020

Yannis Hamilakis
Brown University
Research Fellow, February–May 2021

Charmaine A. Nelson
McGill University
Research Fellow, May–June 2021

Mónica Domínguez Torres
University of Delaware
April–May 2020

Jan Eike Dunkhase
German Literature Archive Marbach
September–November 2019

Lynda Nead
Birkbeck, University of London
May 2020

Spyros Papapetros
Princeton University
September–December 2019

Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría
University of Texas at Austin
February–April 2020

Liat Naeh
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
October–December 2018

Megan E. O’Neil
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
March–May 2019

Vera-Simone Schulz
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
November 2018–January 2019

Daniel H. Usner
Vanderbilt University
March–May 2019

Visa Immonen
University of Turku, Finland
April–May 2018

Jeffrey Moser
Brown University
February–April 2018

Mark Salber Phillips
Carleton University, Ottawa
January 2018

Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset
Château de Versailles; Centre for Textile Research/SAXO Institute at the University of Copenhagen
October–November 2017

Amanda Wunder
City University of New York
September–December 2017

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

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

Visiting Fellows

Dana Katz
Visiting Fellow, 2021-2022

Lisa Regazzoni
Visiting Fellow, Spring 2022

Louisa Wood Ruby
Visiting Fellow, Spring 2022

Ali Karjoo-Ravary
Bucknell University
Visiting Fellow, September–December 2020

Cherubim Quizon
Seton Hall University
Visiting Fellow, February–May 2021

Yasuko Tsuchikane
The Cooper Union
Visiting Fellow, January–March 2021

Susanna Caviglia
Duke University
December 2019

Hazel Clark
Parsons School of Design, The New School
January - March 2020

Stefan Heidemann
Hamburg University
October 2019–August 2020

Eduardo A. Escobar
Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, University of Chicago
September 2018

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

Jenny H. Shaffer
New York University
Visiting Fellow, September–October 2018

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

Paula Sofia Hohti

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki
November–December 2016

Maggie Jackson

Independent Scholar
September–October 2016

Tobias Locker

Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
May 2016

Beth H. Piatote

University of California, Berkeley
September–November 2016

Stephanie Sadre-Orafai

University of Cincinnati
April–June 2017

Uthara Suvrathan

Independent Scholar
January–May 2017

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

Other Fellows

Natalia Di Pietrantonio
Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Art and Material Culture
July 2019–June 2021

Yeewan Koon
University of Hong Kong
Fulbright Fellow, January–July 2019

Carol Yinghua Lu
Melbourne University
ARIAH East Asia Fellow, July–September 2017