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Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Candidates are expected to have completed a graduate degree at the doctoral level (PhD).

Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

Host department: Academic Engagement and Research and Curatorial (rotating)

Initially established with an endowment gift from the Mellon Foundation in 2007 and matched by the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation in 20XX, these three-year postdoctoral curatorial fellowships are aimed to strengthen the curatorial profession with in-depth museum-based training for art historians or other cultural researchers who have recently completed the doctorate degree. Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellows at the Art Institute are embedded on curatorial projects where their expertise enables them to make a substantial contribution while at the same time expanding professional competencies. The placements rotate across the museum’s 11 curatorial departments on a cyclical basis. The search, selection, and placement process is co-facilitated by the Department of Academic Engagement and Research with guidance from the Director’s Office.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Time-based Media

Host department: Academic Engagement and Research and Curatorial (rotating)

A museum dedicate to art across time, place, and culture, the Art Institute has long made a practice of collecting, exhibiting, and preserving film, video, and time-based media art, with acquisitions in this area going back five decades and spanning three main curatorial departments (Architecture and Design, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Photography). This two-year fellowship is a position dedicated to time-based media curatorial research in regards to strengthening sustainable systems for the care, acquisition, installation, documentation, research, and interpretation of time-based works of art. The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Time-Based Media conducts scholarly research to understand the life of specific artworks within the museum and changing attitudes to their stewardship and plays a key role in written outputs and dissemination of the Time-Based Media initiative’s key findings and the Art Institute’s time-based media collection, producing authoritative scholarly research for a specialist readership as well as accessible texts for a general public and also supporting the communication of the research of others.

Fulbright Fellowships for Visiting Researchers

Host department: Academic Engagement and Research and Curatorial (rotating)

Applicants for Fulbright study/research awards design their own projects and typically work with advisors at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The Fulbright study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. As a research institution with a world-class collection, including the impressive archival and text holdings of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, the Art Institute has hosted international Fulbright scholars on diverse research ventures. Applications must be made via the Fulbright website linked below. Most applications will require a letter of support from the aimed-for host institution. Inquiries on research resources or institutional endorsements for senior-level fellowships can be directed to the museum’s department of Academic Engagement and Research.

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