Applying for Clark Fellowships

Guidelines for Application

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 will be 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.

Terms of Appointment


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.

Application Procedure:

All applicants must complete an application.

Application Deadline:

All materials must be received by October 15. All application materials must be submitted in English.


Fellows may come to the Clark for any period between one and ten months. Between six and eight Fellows are in residence at any one time.


Fellowships will be awarded on a scale related to need and earnings, up to a maximum rate of $60,000 per year. 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.


It is expected that all Fellows be in good standing with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and have authorization [a J-1 Visa] from the INS that permits a Fellow to engage in the activities for which he or she has been designated a Clark Fellow. In applicable circumstances, the Clark can facilitate this standing by providing Fellows with the documents required to initiate the authorization process.


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.


Fellows will be provided with an office in the Institute, accessible from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm (early closing times on the weekend). In addition to having telephone, fax, and photocopy equipment, all offices are connected to the Clark’s computer network. Information technology support for the Clark network is available in-house. Each Fellow’s workspace includes a Dell PC running Windows XP and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). All of the Clark’s personal computers are on a local area network that provides e-mail, Internet Web access, and laser printing.


Fellows will have access to the open shelves of the Clark Library, which has strong holdings in post-medieval European art, with 200,000 books and 700 periodicals, as well as extensive slide and photograph collections. They will also have full access to other libraries through Interlibrary Loan and Electronic Document Delivery. The libraries of Williams College, including the main library, for which each scholar will have a borrower’s card, and the Chapin Rare Book collection, are a half-mile away.

Art Collections:

Fellows will have access to the Clark’s collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, silver, ceramics, and furniture from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Objects not on public display can often be viewed by appointment. The Williams College Museum of Art is nearby, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is located in North Adams, a short distance away.

Research Assistant:

With advance planning, fellows may request the assistance of a student from the Graduate Program in the History of Art, co-sponsored with Williams College.


Fellows will be expected to reside in Williamstown, to have lunch or dinner with other Fellows twice a month, and to participate in the intellectual life of the Clark, typically presenting one public lecture and/or a small individual seminar during their stay (those Fellows who stay a month or less may be exempted).


Proposed projects may include contributions to a seminar in the Graduate Program. Fellows will be able to take advantage of the opportunity for exchange with a number of associated institutions, which include the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (housed at the Clark); Williams College, with its museum and many academic departments; and MASS MoCA.


For more information, call 413 458 0469, or e-mail Research and Academic Program.

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