The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute combines a public art museum with a complex of research and academic programs, including a major art history library. The Clark is an international center for discussion on the nature of art and its history.
The Clark offers between fifteen and twenty Clark Fellowships each year, ranging in duration from six weeks 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.
Stipends are dependent on salary and sabbatical replacement needs. Housing in the Institute's Scholars' Residence, located across the street from the Clark, is also provided.
Fellows are furnished with offices in the library, which contains a collection of 200,000 books and 700 periodicals. The Institute's collections, its library, visual resources collection, and the Fellows' program are housed together with the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. The Clark is within walking distance of Williams College, its libraries, and its art museum. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is a ten-minute drive away.
Candidates must already have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience. The Clark does not award pre-doctoral fellowships, and given the intense competition for fellowships, we do not normally make awards to those who have received their Ph.D. within the last four years.
A number of special fellowships are also offered, as seen below:
The Beinecke Fellowship, endowed by the chair of the Research and Academic Program Trustee Committee, Frederick W. Beinecke, is awarded to a noted senior scholar for one semester.
Clark Curatorial Fellowships
The Clark Curatorial Fellowships are awarded to museum curators and provide a forum for exchange with academic counterparts.
The Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellowship
In conjunction with the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College, the Clark offers a fellowship for a scholar in the humanities whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to some aspect of the visual. The selected fellow will have an office at the Oakley Center, be housed at the Clark scholars' residence, and participate fully in the rich intellectual life of both advanced research institutes.
Kress Fellowship in the Literature of Art
Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this fellowship is particularly directed to scholars whose work engages critically with the literature of art “before the era of art history” (i.e., before the formation of a discipline of art history in the mid-nineteenth century.) The Clark seeks applications whose focus might be theoretical or aesthetic treatises, anecdotes, histories, translations of texts, artists’ writings, or other material that might broadly be described as part of the literature of art or the pre-history of art history. Although the importance of the very act of uncovering and publishing such material to scholarship is obvious, the Clark-Kress fellowship is awarded to a scholar who is able to engage with it in such a way as to make its relevance and importance visible to the larger field of art history.
Kress Summer Fellowship in Museum Education
The Clark offers a summer fellowship for a museum educator who might benefit from contact with the resources of the Clark library, as well as with members of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts (CEVA), the Clark's education department, and the diverse international community of Clark visiting scholars. The fellowship is intended for an ambitious and imaginative educator whose project explores critically the relationship of scholarship to the public understanding of art, or who seeks to explore new avenues and innovations in museum education, understood in its broadest sense. This project could involve, for example, work on conveying the ideas of a complex thematic exhibition to a wide public; making fresh and challenging scholarship in the history of art accessible to museum-goers; investigating the underlying critical commitments of exhibitions or collections; exploring and challenging the assumptions of museum education itself. This is a six-week fellowship during July and August and comes with an office, accommodation, and travel expenses, but no stipend.
Applying for a Fellowship
Deadline October 15.
For more information, call 413 458 0469, or email Research and Academic Program.