SAAM hosts a number of fellows each year through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), and also awards its own named fellowships to candidates from this general pool. The deadline for applications is November 1st. Residencies are available at the graduate, doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior levels.
In this informative how-to video, SAAM Chair of Academic Programs, Amelia Goerlitz, introduces prospective fellows to SAAM's fellowship program and demystifies its application process.
For more than fifty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art.
SAAM has hosted fellows and visiting scholars from more than 230 institutions in 43 states and 26 foreign countries. The alumni directory is searchable by year, type, and affiliation.
SAAM fellows and visiting scholars go on to shape the global art world as museum directors, curators, professors, critics, artists, and conservators. Alumni of our program are active in 30 foreign countries, 40 US states, and the District of Columbia. Learn how SAAM’s fellowship program impacted their scholarship and career paths.
Established in 1970 by former director Joshua C. Taylor, the museum’s fellowship program traces its origins to the dynamic leadership of Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley. Learn more about the program’s more than 50-year-long history and the events and figures key to its formation and development through our interactive timeline.
This 2020 symposium chronicled the development and impact of the oldest and largest fellowship program in the world for American art. Watch the webcast to hear research talks by distinguished former fellows and listen to a series of PechuKucha-style fast-paced presentations that highlight efforts to expand the field in the age of Black Lives Matter, decolonization, climate change, globalization, and digital scholarship.