American Art

Image: Native American Artist-in-Residence Program © Minnesota Historical Society

For more than 30 years, the Luce Foundation has supported the next generation of historians of American art by providing fellowships to doctoral students. Nearly 400 scholars have received support provided by the Luce Foundation; they have gone on to become some of the nation’s most distinguished museum curators and professors.

Today, the Foundation supports art historians through the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship Program. The program annually awards ten dissertation fellowships to doctoral candidates at colleges and universities in the United States. Fellows receive stipends as well as travel and research funds.

Graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States are eligible to apply. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, attention to the art object and/or image should be foremost.

The fellowship program is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) on behalf of the Luce Foundation. Full eligibility guidelines and application requirements can be found on the ACLS website.

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