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CAA's Professional Development Fellowship in Art History

CAA's Professional Development Fellowship in Art History supports graduate students and scholars in art, architecture, and/or design historians, curators, or critics who recently received their PhD and are preparing the PhD for publication or who are conducting research in their final year to complete their PhD. The awards will be given to multicultural art historians and art historians from underrepresented groups and from culturally diverse communities. Each fellow is given a one-time award to help with various aspects of their work, whether for job-search expenses, image license fees, or other publishing costs. Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the next Annual Conference. Honorable Mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration for the next Annual Conference. One fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $10,000. Please upload the following forms, attachments and references: 

  • CV or resume 
  • Personal essay, up to four double-spaced pages in 12 pt, Times New Roman font 
  • Dissertation prospectus 
  • Sample completed chapter 
  • Timetable for dissertation completion (required only for dissertations in progress) 
  • Two letters of recommendation (provide contact information and we will notify referees. Please note that this is due at the same time as the rest of the application).

The following criteria are used in selecting recipients. (Statements and/or letters of recommendation should speak to these):

  • Applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States 
  • Quality and relevance of work (demonstrated by personal essay, prospectus, and sample chapter) 
  • Strength of academic record and recommendations 
  • Completion of dissertation and conferment of PhD in the year following or prior to the year of application 
  • Applicants from underrepresented groups 
  • Financial need 
  • Deadline passed


    Questions? Please contact Cali Buckley, Manager of Grants and Awards & Director of the CAA-Getty International Program, at