Drawing Institute Fellowships: Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after applications are submitted?
Applicants will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail once the application is submitted online. After the deadline, Drawing Institute staff reviews the applications to assess the merits and feasibility of the proposed project, and the importance of the Morgan’s collections and resources to the project. The strongest proposals are selected for the short list and sent to outside reviewers for ranking and further feedback. Drawing Institute staff make final recommendations to the Director of the Morgan Library & Museum who reviews and approves awards.

Can proposals include the consultation of works in other parts of the Morgan’s collection?
While Drawing Institute fellows are expected to be working primarily on drawings-related topics, interdisciplinary approaches that make full use of the Morgan’s collections are encouraged.

Will the Drawing Institute accept late applications?
No, all applications must be submitted before the stated deadline. A grace period will be extended for letters of recommendation, should recommenders encounter any issues.

May applicants submit revised or updated materials?
Yes, applicants may submit revised materials by resubmitting their entire application packet before the submission date. Please send a courtesy e-mail to drawinginstitute@themorgan.org to notify staff of the update. Late materials will not be considered.

May applicants reapply for the following year if they are not awarded a fellowship?
Yes, applicants may reapply for following years. Applicants must submit all application materials in full during each fellowship cycle.

Are fellowships open to applicants from outside the United States?
Yes, the Drawing Institute regularly hosts international scholars.

Does the Drawing Institute sponsor visas?
Yes, non-financial assistance with procuring a visa is provided by the Morgan Library & Museum.

May applicants inquire about the status of their applications?
Please do not write to inquire about the status of applications. Applicants will be contacted at the end of the fellowship review period.

When do fellows receive their stipends and travel funds?
Stipend payments are delivered in person by check on a monthly basis during the last week of each month of the fellowship. Travel funds are granted by reimbursement following the submission of receipts.

Does the Drawing Institute provide health insurance?
No, health insurance is not provided as part of the fellowship package.

Does the Drawing Institute provide housing?
No, fellows are expected to make their own housing arrangements. Housing is provided by the Menil Collection for the Houston portion only of the Morgan-Menil Fellowship.

May applicants submit project proposals that require technical examination?
Applicants must specify any technical examination requests to the best of their ability in their project proposals. Projects that will require the resources of the Thaw Conservation Center may be subject to additional review by staff of the conservation center.

Additional Obligations
Fellows are expected to participate fully in the life of the Drawing Institute. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will participate in an afternoon colloquium and present their project to the staff of the Drawing Institute and invited guests. Fellows will also draft a final report on their projects.

Access to the Collections
Fellows have access to the Morgan Library & Museum’s collections during public operating hours. Works not on public display can be viewed by appointment in either the Drawing Study Center or the Sherman Fairchild Reading Room.

Access to the Reference Collection
Fellows have full access to the Morgan Library & Museum’s internal reference library. Books may be checked out to the fellow’s work area within the Morgan.