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 is welcome. 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.

Terms of Appointment

For information about eligibility, funding, housing, and more, please see the link below.

Special Clark Fellowships

In addition to the semester-long Clark fellowship, a number of special fellowships are also offered:


This fellowship supports a Clark residency of one semester for a scholar at any stage of their career involved in a project that is either born digital or has a substantial component that exists outside the publishing model of the monographic book. The project should contain not only a digital component but also a critical awareness of the methodological possibilities, problems, and questions in applying digital methods to art history today. This fellowship is particularly aimed at scholars working on material that is pre-1900.


The Beinecke Fellowship, endowed by the former chair of the Research and Academic Program Trustee Committee, Frederick W. Beinecke, is awarded to a noted senior scholar for one semester.


Sponsored by the Center for Spain in America, this one-semester fellowship is intended to support the study of all aspects of Spanish art from the early medieval period to the beginning of the twentieth century as well as the worldwide impact of Spanish art and artists. In addition to research for a publication and/or exhibition on specific artists or periods, projects examining collecting and connoisseurship of Spanish art—particularly in the Americas—and the influence and importance of Spanish art and its reception throughout the world are welcomed.


In conjunction with the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College, the Clark offers an academic-year fellowship for a scholar in the humanities whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to some aspect of the visual. The selected fellow will have an office at the Oakley Center, be housed at the Clark scholars’ residence, and participate fully in the rich intellectual life of both advanced research institutes.


This six-week fellowship provides an office, housing, and access to the library. The fellow is not expected to give a public lecture. (No stipend.)


Endowed by the Florence Gould Foundation, dedicated to French-American cultural exchange, the one semester Gould Foundation Fellowship is awarded annually to a senior scholar or curator, with priority given to an applicant from a French museum or institution of higher education or to an individual pursuing a project in the field of French art and visual studies.


Named to recognize and honor the Starr Director Emerita of the Research and Academic Program, the Holly Fellowship is awarded for not less than one semester, with priority given to a project that engages a senior humanities scholar in an exploration of the visual from a critical or historiographic perspective.


These fellowships—available in four-, six-, or eight-week blocks of time—allow curators, critics, academics, and others to carry out research and participate fully in the intellectual and residential life of the Clark and its Research and Academic Program.


Fellowships are awarded every year to established and promising scholars with the aim of fostering a critical commitment to inquiry in the theory, history, and interpretation of art and visual culture.

Online Application

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to complete an online application form. All materials must be submitted in English.


All application materials must be received by October 15. 

Manton Postdoctoral Fellow

Manton Postdoctoral Fellow

Caitlin Woolsey received her PhD from Yale University, and specializes in the historical confluence of collage, performance, and media in the twentieth century. Her research and teaching are informed by her background in continental philosophy and literary theory, and she has taught at Yale and Wesleyan University. She recently co-curated an exhibition on experimental poetry and the avant-garde at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Currently she is preparing a book manuscript titled Sensibilia: Sounding the Acoustic Image in Postwar France that examines how the integration of sound transformed intermedia artistic practices in the decades following the Second World War.