Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships 2021–2022

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time research. Recipients will be part of the premier residential fellowship program in American art—one that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

SAAM is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its vast holdings include over 44,000 works by more than 7,000 artists from the colonial period to the present. Contemporary craft and decorative art are featured in its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery.

Each scholar is provided a study carrel in SAAM’s Research and Scholars Center, situated across the street from the main museum building. There, fellows have access to a 180,000-volume library that specializes in American art, history, and biography; the Archives of American Art; SAAM’s graphic collections; the Joseph Cornell Study Center; and the Nam June Paik Archive. Seminars, workshops, and symposia provide a forum for lively scholarly exchange and professional advancement.

The stipend for one year is $40,000 for predoctoral fellows and $55,000 for postdoctoral and senior fellows, plus research and travel allowances. Standard residencies are twelve months, but terms as short as three months are available with prorated stipends. The Smithsonian Office of International Relations will assist with arranging J-1 exchange visas for recipients who require them.

November 1st is the application deadline. For more information, visit or email

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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