Drawing Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2023–24

The Drawing Institute will award one nine-month Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to a scholar in the first decade of their career following the completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree. The Postdoctoral Fellowship supports an independent research project, ideally working toward a clearly defined publication relating to some aspect of the history, theory, collecting, function or interpretation of drawings.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is expected to spend their fellowship period in residence at the Morgan Library & Museum. The majority of the Fellow’s time will be spent on the research project for which the fellowship is awarded, but the Fellow is expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Morgan and to attend Drawing Institute programs during their tenure. The Fellow may be asked to assist in the planning and implementation of Drawing Institute programs.

The Fellow will present a progress report on their research at the conclusion of the fellowship.

$42,750 for 9 months, generally expected to run between September/October 2023 - May/June 2024, plus a $1500 travel allowance intended to support or subsidize a short research trip. If a fellowship is sought for a specific time (e.g. around a professor’s semester-long sabbatical), that should be clearly indicated in the application.

General Information
This is a non-benefits eligible position.
Fellows are expected to make their own travel and housing arrangements but are offered a one-time payment of $1500 to support moving costs.
For foreign applicants, non-financial assistance with procuring a visa is provided.  
Fellowship is non-renewable.
Additional information is available here.

Application Procedure:
Applicants are asked to submit the following:  

  • a cover letter addressing the applicant’s area of interest and expertise
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a research proposal (maximum 3 pages, double-spaced) specifying what the applicant wishes to accomplish during the fellowship period and detailing how they will utilize the Morgan’s resources and collections
  • a writing sample, in English
  • two letters from academic or professional references in support of the proposed project

All application materials must be in English and should be submitted online.

Letters of reference should be emailed directly to: drawinginstitute@themorgan.org.

Application Deadline: December 2, 2022.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be notified by March 2023.

The Morgan Drawing Institute is a center of research based at the Morgan Library & Museum. The aim of the Drawing Institute is to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the role of drawing in the history of art. Making full use of the resources at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Drawing Institute is devoted to the study of drawings from all periods, exploring their centrality in the process of creative expression.

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