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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.
Scholars may propose topics that relate to the visual arts, their history, practice, theory, or interpretation. Any proposal that contributes to understanding the nature of artistic activity and the intellectual, social, and cultural worlds with which it is connected is welcome.
Subjects of investigation might come from any period, from prehistory to the present, and from anywhere in the world. Projects can be focused on works in any medium and can employ any methodological approach. Attention, however, will be given to proposals that promise to deepen, transform, or challenge those methods currently practiced within art history or that have the prospect of enhancing an understanding of the role of images in other disciplines in the humanities.
Museum professionals can apply for the Clark's Mellon Fellowships to pursue independent research as well as to complete institutional projects such as exhibitions.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or demonstrate equivalent professional experience. They may come from the academic or museum worlds, or from other professional backgrounds, and may be residents of any country. They may be employed, full- or part-time, or be independent historians, curators, and/or critics.
The TOEFL® test is a popular option for students to meet the English-language requirements for scholarships.
Fellowships will be awarded on a scale related to need and earnings, up to a maximum rate of $60,000 per year. Summer Fellows will be given an apartment and transportation reimbursement, but no stipend. Travel to and from the Clark will also 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 will normally be provided with an apartment in a recently refurbished and expanded late-nineteenth-century house across the street from the Clark. 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 Institute. Pets are not permitted in the Scholars’ Residence. No smoking is permitted inside any Clark building.
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