Fellowships at the National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada offers competitive fellowships in the fields of Canadian Art; Indigenous Art; and History of Photography.

Deadline: 30/4/2010
Open to: Professionals in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines
Fund: between $5,000 and $30,000 a month


Open to art historians, curators, critics, independent researchers, conservators, conservation scientists and other professionals in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, who have a graduate degree or equivalent publication history.

The fellowships are open to international competition.


Fellowships are tenable only at the National Gallery of Canada. The term of full-time residency must fall within the period 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2011. Awards can be up to $5,000 a month, including expenses and stipend, to a maximum of $30,000. Fellowships are not renewable.

The Library and Archives provides office space and supplies for the program, with desktop computer workstation running the Windows XP operating system and equipped with Microsoft Word, as well as internal and external telecommunications facilities, and full library support services, including extended hours of access.


Completed applications must include all of the following:

  • A statement of the aims, methodology and anticipated results of the investigation headed by a summary of the proposal (this section of the application is limited to a maximum of three pages);
  • Proposals for the dissemination of the results of the inquiry;
  • A brief outline of the research materials and facilities required (e.g., bibliography of primary and secondary resources; access to National Gallery of Canada collections; access to the expertise and resources of other Ottawa area institutions; etc.);
  • The proposed dates and timetable of the residency at the Gallery;
  • An outline of projected costs, including expenses and stipend. Eligible expenses include relocation to Ottawa, subsistence during the residency, and project-related travel, supplies and services;
  • A full curriculum vitae, including education, professional employment history, awards and honours, publications, exhibitions, and work-in-progress;
  • Information on other grants applied for or received, employment commitments and paid sabbatical arrangements, for the proposed period of residency;
  • Three letters of recommendation, sent under separate cover by the referees to the Gallery. These letters must address the candidate’s achievements in general, and the fellowship proposal in particular;
  • Examples of finished work, textual, visual, or both.

Assessment Criteria

The review committees, comprised of National Gallery of Canada jurors, will examine research proposals with the following considerations in mind:

  • The significance, originality, goals, potential contribution and feasibility of the proposal;
  • The clarity of the proposal and methodology of inquiry, and the thoroughness of the supporting bibliography, where appropriate;
  • The need for and the benefit to be derived from enhanced access to the collections of the Gallery, and, conversely, the relevance to the research community of this exploration of the Gallery’s collections;
  • The candidate’s education, previous experience and demonstrated accomplishments in relationship to the proposal;
  • The endorsements of the letters of reference.
  • The deliberations of the review committees remain confidential. Their decisions are final.


All documentation, in English or French, should be postmarked no later than 30 April 2010, and sent to:

Jonathan Franklin
Chief, Library, Archives and Research Fellowships Program
National Gallery of Canada
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4

Adjudication will take place in May 2010. Notification of applicants will take place in June 2010. A press release announcing the names of the fellowship recipients and their research proposals will follow.

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