Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts: Senior Fellowship Program


Deadline: October 15 (receipt)

Submission Method: Mail

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Rebecca Zorach, Art History (08/09); other years not available

Competition Level: Up to 7 fellowships are awarded annually; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Must have held PhD for at least 5 years; Individuals currently affiliated with the National Gallery of Art are not eligible for the senior fellowship program.

Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period (academic year). Each senior fellow is provided with a study. In addition, senior fellows who relocate are provided with housing in apartments near the Gallery, subject to availability. Senior fellows have access to the notable resources represented by the collections, the library, and the photographic archives of the National Gallery of Art, as well as to the Library of Congress and other specialized research libraries and collections in the Washington area.

One Paul Mellon Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships will be awarded. Applications for a single academic term or quarter are also possible.

The Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowships are intended to support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. The Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships are intended primarily to support research on European art before the early 19th century.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


Deadline: October 1 (creative arts, humanities, and social sciences); November 15 (natural sciences and mathematics)

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Emanuel Mayer, Classics (08/09); John P. McCormick, Political Science (08/09); Carla Mazzio, English (07/08); Emilio Kouri, History (06/07); Jennifer Cole & John L. Comaroff, Anthropology (03/04); Mae M. Ngai, History (03/04); John & Jean Comaroff, Anthropology (02/03)

Competition Level: Approximately 50 fellowships are awarded annually; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Former fellows are not eligible to apply

Fellows of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study are in residence from September through June at Harvard University and receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard. The fellows must make their own living accommodations in the Boston area. The Institute invites applicants working in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics to apply. Stipends are funded up to $65,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply.

National Endowment for the Humanities


Deadline: ~ May 5

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Danilyn Rutherford, Anthropology (09/10); Philip Gossett, Music (07/08); Thomas Holt, History (05/06); cannot determine others, but they are many

Competition Level: For 2009/10 the NEH awarded approximately 74 fellowships; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Applicants need not have advanced degrees, but individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been living in the U.S. for at least the three years prior to the application deadline.

The NEH provides support for scholars pursuing advanced research in all fields in the humanities.  A scholar on leave can receive up to $4,200 per month for up to twelve months (maximum = $50,400).

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation


Deadline: ~ November 9 (postmark)

Submission Method: Mail

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Kotoka Suzuki, Music (08/09); Adam T. Smith, Anthropology, (06/07); Jeffrey D. Grynaviski, Sociology (06/07); Lisa J. Weeden, Sociology (06/07); Martin Stokes, Music (02/03)

Competition Level: Approximately 10 fellowships are awarded annually; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Candidates should have completed their formal studies within the past five to fifteen years and completed at least one major project beyond degree requirements; full professors are not normally eligible; candidates must be living and working in the United States.

The Foundation provides its fellows with $25,000 in support of their sabbatical so that they may work on a specific project.

Beginning in the fall of 2010, the Howard Foundation plans to follow a five-year rotation of fields for its annual fellowship competition. Successful candidates are given the option of postponing receipt of their fellowship so as to make the competition accessible to those whose personal plans do not line up exactly with the year in which awards are offered in their fields. While the Foundation plans to follow this sequence of fields, additional changes may from time to time need to be made as warranted by the limited resources of the Foundation.

Award Year

Creative Arts

Historical and Critical Studies


Creative Non-Fiction, Translation (into English) Literary Studies, Film Studies


Photography Anthropology, Archaeology


Painting, Sculpture History of Art and Architecture


Playwriting, Music Theatre Studies, Musicology, History


Creative Writing in English: Fiction and Poetry Philosophy

Loeb Classical Library Foundation


Deadline: November 1 (receipt)

Submission Method: Mail

Current Fellows: Not available

Recent Chicago Fellows: David Martinez, Classics (09/10); Christopher Faraone, Classics (08/09); Helma Dik, Classics, (07/08)

Competition Level: Not available

Eligibility: 3 years must elapse between applications for regular salary replacement.

Loeb Classical Library Foundation grants range from $1,000 – $35,000 and provide support for research, publication, and other projects in the area of classical studies.  Grants may be used for a wide variety of purposes, including publication of research, enhancement of sabbaticals, travel to libraries or collections, dramatic productions, excavation expenses, or cost of research materials.

American Philosophical Society: Sabbatical Fellowships

The APS no longer offers this program; however, something will take its place.


Deadline: October 15 (receipt)

Submission Method: Mail or electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Jennifer Cole, Anthropology (07/08); Steven Pincus, History (03/04); Adrian Johns, History (01/02); Susan Stokes, Political Science (98/99)

Competition Level: 19 fellowships were awarded for 2008/09; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: This fellowship program is open to mid-career faculty. Candidates must not have had financially supported leave at any time subsequent to September 1, 2008. The candidate’s doctoral degree must have been conferred no later than 2003 and no earlier than 1990.

The APS Sabbatical Fellowship provides $30,000 – $40,000 to support research leave for mid-career humanities and social sciences faculty.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


Deadline: September 15 (receipt)

Submission Method: Mail

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Donald Harper, East Asian (08/09); Victor Friedman, Slavic (08/09); Rachel Fulton, History (08/09); David W. Galenson, Economics (08/09); Shadi Bartsch, Classics (07/08); Catherine Anne Brekus, Divinity School (07/08); Fred Donner, NELC (07/08); Bernard Wasserstein, Jewish History (07/08); Martha feldman, Music (06/07); Norbert F. Scherer, Chemistry (06/07); Woowon Kang, Physics (05/06); John Lucy, Psychology (05/06); Trevor Price, Biology (05/06); Carles Boix, Political Science (04/05); Mark Lilla, Social Thought (04/05); Robert J. Richards, History of Science (04/05)

Competition Level: 180 fellowships were awarded for 2009/10; almost 3,000 applications were received

Eligibility: Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada; citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean may apply at a separate deadline; previous Guggenheim fellows may not apply again

Often characterized as midcareer awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

It provides support for research leave for midcareer scholars in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. In 2008, it awarded 190 fellowships at an average amount of $43,200. (2009 information is not available.)

The Foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. By this token, it provides fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.