Supporting Excellence in Research in the Japanese Visual Arts

Trees; 17th century; Master of I-nen Seal 1600-1630); Early Edo period.
Trees; 17th century; Master of I-nen Seal 1600-1630); Early Edo period.

The Anne van Biema Fellowship was established by bequest to promote excellence in research and publication on the Japanese visual arts. Fellowships support research at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The Galleries provide magnificent opportunities for collections-based study, and hold world-class library and archival collections related to Japanese visual arts. Research proposals are evaluated in terms of merit, originality, methodology, and potential for significant publication that will advance scholarly and public understanding of the Japanese visual arts. Interdisciplinary proposals with a primary focus on Japanese visual arts are considered.

Awards are made to scholars at the post-doctoral or senior levels for periods of two to nine months, and are not renewable. The maximum stipend of $35,000 for nine months will be prorated for shorter terms. The fellowship includes round-trip travel at US government rates from the fellow’s residence to Washington, DC. Additional support not to exceed $2,500 may be provided for approved research and travel expenses. Research space, a networked computer, and access to art collections, archives, and Smithsonian Institution libraries are provided.

The application deadline is December 15. Notification of awards is sent on February 15. Appointments begin between April 1 and December 1 of the same calendar year. For information on how to apply, view the The Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler Galleries’ website.


Categories: Funding Opportunities, November 2014, October 2014
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