The Terra Foundation Fellowships in American Art

The 2017-2018 Terra Foundation Fellows in American Art: Lauren Richman, Jennifer Noonan, and Alexander Jackson

The 2017-2018 Terra Foundation Fellows in American Art: Lauren Richman, Jennifer Noonan, and Alexander Jackson

The Terra Foundation Fellowships in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) seek to foster a cross-cultural dialogue about the history of the art of the United States up to 1980. Multiple fellowships are awarded annually to predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior scholars from abroad who are researching American art or to U.S. scholars with an exceptionally strong international component to their study. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research.

Qualifications and Selection

Applications that meet the criteria for the Terra Foundation Fellowships will be evaluated on the quality of the proposed project and the applicant’s academic standing, scholarly qualifications, and experience. The project’s compatibility with Smithsonian collections, facilities, staff, and programs will also be considered. Candidates must be proficient in reading and speaking English. A committee comprised of Smithsonian curators and one outside scholar will review the applications.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should apply to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), found under the Office of Fellowships in the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA), and not under SAAM's name. To be considered for a Terra Foundation Fellowship, applicants must propose a primary advisor from SAAM. For assistance identifying an advisor, contact or browse the Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study guide. Only one application is necessary; applicants will automatically be considered for all relevant SAAM fellowships. 

The stipend for a one-year Terra Foundation Fellowship is $36,000 at the predoctoral level, $50,400 at the postdoctoral level, and $60,000 for distinguished senior scholars, with an allowance of up to $4,000 available for short research trips. An additional allowance will be provided to help with temporary relocation to the Smithsonian and the cost of health insurance. The standard residency is twelve months, but terms as short as three months are available with prorated stipends. The Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations will assist with arranging J-1 exchange visas for fellowship recipients who require them.

Deadline: November 1, 2018, is the application deadline for fellowships that begin on or after June 1, 2019.

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.

Terra Foundation Fellowship Recipients 2006-2019

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