The Clark Fellowships in Visual Arts 2017

Deadline: 15 October 2017
Open to: applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience
Benefits: need and merit based scholarship up to USD 60,000


The Clark offers between ten and sixteen Clark Fellowships each year, ranging in duration from one to ten months. National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.

Fellows may come to the Clark for any period between one and ten months. Between six and eight Fellows are in residence at any one time.


Applicants should:
  • Hold a Ph.D. or demonstrate equivalent professional experience;
  • Come from the academic or museum worlds, or from other professional backgrounds;
  • May be residents of any country;
  • May be employed, full- or part-time;
  • Be independent historians, curators, and/or critics.
It is expected that all Fellows be in good standing with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and have authorization [a J-1 Visa] from the INS that permits a Fellow to engage in the activities for which he or she has been designated a Clark Fellow. In applicable circumstances, the Clark can facilitate this standing by providing Fellows with the documents required to initiate the authorization process.


  • Fellowships are awarded on a scale related to need and earnings, up to a maximum rate of USD 60,000 per year;
  • Travel to and from the Clark will be reimbursed for the scholar and an accompanying family member;
  • Clark Fellows’ tax liability to the United States government will be considered in accordance with the tax regulations of the Internal Revenue Service on a case-by-case basis;
  • Fellows are normally provided with an apartment in a recently refurbished and expanded late-nineteenth-century house across the street from the Clark campus;
  • Six apartments are available, ranging in size from one to two bedrooms, with additional common spaces;
  • Each apartment is fully furnished and linked to the Clark’s computer network;
  • Accommodation and services, except long-distance telephone, will be provided by the Clark;
  • Pets are not permitted in the Scholars’ Residence, and no smoking is permitted inside any Clark building.
Fellows are provided with:
  • An office in the Manton Research Center, accessible from 8 am until 11 pm (early closing times on weekends);
  • All offices are equipped with telephone, fax, and photocopy equipment, and all offices are connected to the Clark’s computer network;
  • Information technology support for the Clark network is available in-house;
  • Each Fellow’s workspace includes a computer and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). 

 Fellows have access to:

  • The Clark Library, which holds 200,000 books and 700 periodicals, as well as extensive slide and photograph collections;
  • The library features considerable holdings in post-medieval European art;
  • Libraries across the country through the Interlibrary Loan and Electronic Document Delivery;
  • A borrower’s card for the libraries of Williams College, a half-mile away;
  • The Clark’s collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, silver, ceramics, and furniture from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday;
  • Objects not on public display can often be viewed by appointment;
  • The Williams College Museum of Art is nearby, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is located in North Adams, a short distance away;
  • With advance planning, fellows may request the assistance of a student from the Graduate Program in the History of Art, co-sponsored with Williams College.
Fellows are expected to:
  • Reside in Williamstown;
  • Have lunch or dinner with other Fellows twice a month;
  • Participate in the intellectual life of the Clark, typically presenting one public lecture and/or a small individual seminar during their stay (those Fellows who stay a month or less may be exempted).
Proposed projects may include contributions to a seminar in the Graduate Program. Fellows will be able to take advantage of the opportunity for exchange with a number of associated institutions, which include the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (housed at the Lunder Center on the Clark campus); Williams College; and MASS MoCA.

How to apply?

All applicants must complete an application form.

For more information please visit the official website.

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