Smithsonian American Art Museum Research Fellowships, 2023-2024
Research and Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.)
November 1, 2022
Starting Date: 
June 1, 2023
Post date: July 26, 2022

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications to its premier fellowship program, the oldest and largest in American art. Scholars from any discipline who are researching the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are residential and support full-time research in the Smithsonian collections.  

Each fellow is provided a study carrel in SAAM’s Research and Scholars Center. There, they have access to the museum’s Joseph Cornell Study Center, the Nam June Paik Archive, and a variety of specialized research databases as well as to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and a 180,000-volume branch library that specializes in American art history. Located in downtown Washington, DC, the Research and Scholars Center is a short walk from other Smithsonian museums and libraries, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art. Regular workshops, lectures, and symposia provide a forum for lively scholarly exchange and professional advancement.  

The annual stipend is $42,000 for predoctoral fellows and $55,000 for postdoctoral and senior fellows. An allowance of up to $5,000 is available for short research trips. The standard term of residency is twelve months, but terms as short as three months are possible with prorated stipends. Ten-week graduate student fellowships carry a stipend of $8,000 and support research by master’s and doctoral students who have not yet advanced to candidacy.  

SAAM believes that recruiting and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse cohort of fellows is critical to our mission. We do not discriminate on grounds of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, or disability. The Smithsonian will assist with arranging J-1 exchange visas for fellowship recipients who require them.  

November 1, 2022 is the application deadline for fellowships that begin on or after June 1, 2023. For applications and general information visit

Application Instructions 

The museum hosts a number of fellows each year through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), and also awards its own named fellowships to candidates from this general pool who meet our funding criteria. All candidates should apply directly to the SIFP; instructions are provided on SAAM's website:  November 1, 2022 is the deadline for appointments beginning on or after June 1, 2023. 

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