Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

This fellowship was established to benefit graduate students at any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing. Students must have a dissertation focused on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States and project should be focused foremost on the art object and/or image and employ an art-historical or visual studies approach. The fellowships may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Be a PhD candidate in a department of art history in the United States.
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Other Academic Requirements:
    Have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation before beginning fellowship tenure.
  • Residence:
    Be a permanent resident (or US citizen)
  • Citizenship:
    Be a US citizen (or permanent resident.)
  • College:
    Be a PhD candidate in a department of art history in the United States.
  • Major/Career:
    Be a PhD candidate in a department of art history in the United States.
  • Miscellaneous:
    Have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.
  • Other Benefits:
    Up to $4,000 as a travel and research allowance

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    Award selection is based on the quality of the proposal, the potential of the project to advance the field of study in art history and the applicant's record of scholarly engagement and potential for scholarly achievement.
  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required
  • Other Materials:
    Completed application form;Proposal (no more than five pages, douable spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font);Illustrations (no more than three pages) [optional];Bibliography (no more than two pages);List of publications, exhibitions, and/or presentations (no more than two pages) [optional];Two reference letters, one of which must come from the applicant's dissertation advisor;A statement from the applicants institution (preferably from the applicants department chair, director of graduate studies, or dean). The provided form asks the institutional representative to confirm that the applicant is a doctoral candidate in good standing and that all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation will be completed by the beginning of fellowship tenure. Most importantly, the institutional representative should confirm that (1) the normal academic year tuition payments for the awardee will be waived or will be provided by the awardee's university, and that (2) the university will continue to provide the student with appropriate access to its research resources and facilities. The person submitting the statement should not be one of the reference letter writers.

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