Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art


ACLS invites applications for Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, which are designated for graduate students who are pursuing research on the history of art and visual culture of the United States, including all aspects of Native American art, and who are at any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing. ACLS believes that humanistic scholarship benefits from inclusivity of voices, narratives, and subjects that have historically been underrepresented or under-studied in academe. We also believe that institutional diversity enhances the scholarly enterprise, and we encourage applications from PhD candidates from all types of institutions in the United States. 

Seven fellowships are available for a non-renewable, continuous nine-to-twelve month term to be held between July 2022 and May 2024. The fellowships may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at any other appropriate site for the research. The fellowships may not be used to defray tuition costs or be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant. The entire fellowship term must conclude before the fellow receives the PhD.

The total award of $42,000 includes a stipend and additional funds for travel and research. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, Indigenous person residing in the United States through rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, DACA recipient, asylee, refugee, or individual granted Temporary Protected Status in the United States.
  • Be a doctoral student at a university in the United States in art history or a related field, such as Native American and Indigenous studies, ethnic studies, or African American studies.
  • Have a dissertation focused on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States, including all facets of Native American art. Projects should be focused foremost on the art object and/or image and employ an art-historical or visual studies approach.
  • Have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation before beginning fellowship tenure.
  • Have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.

How to Apply

Apply online on the ACLS website.

You must coordinate with UB's Sponsored Project Services (SPS) for this award. We recommend contacting your SPS Representative at least two weeks in advance of the deadline to complete any necessary submission procedures.