Postdoctoral Fellowships

Center for the Study of Modern Art

The Phillips Collection, in partnership with the George Washington University, offers a postdoctoral fellowship to support research and teaching on topics in American, European, or non-western art, including photography, from 1780 to the present. The fellow is expected to be in residence in Washington, D.C., at The Phillips Collection during the fall and spring semesters throughout the term of the fellowship. 

The fellow is also expected to teach one undergraduate or graduate course at the Center for the Study of Modern Art or at the George Washington University, present at least one public lecture at the Phillips, and participate in other programs and discussions with scholars, critics, museum staff, and students at the museum and the university. 

The appointment carries a departmental affiliation with the George Washington University's Department of Fine Arts and Art History and with The Phillips Collection. The fellow receives a stipend and generous benefits package, as well as various university/museum privileges, including access to facilities, libraries of institutions, equipment, support staff, curators, and faculty.

Current Fellow

2013‒14 Fellow

Joyce Tsai is assistant professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She earned a joint doctorate from the Humanities Center and the History of Art Department at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her training in the history of art, she also earned an MA in German with an emphasis on realism, critical theory and aesthetic philosophy. She is completing her book, Painting after Photography, a study of László Moholy-Nagy’s art, theory, and practice that focuses on his mobilization of painting as a means to imagine the possibilities of nascent and future media. Her research and teaching has focused on the recurrent artistic engagement in Europe and the United States with abstraction from the 19th to the 21st century in film, painting, photography, sculpture, and architecture.

In addition to research and delivering a public lecture (spring 2014) Joyce is teaching a course at the Center for the Study of Modern Art for students of the George Washington University and members of the public.  


The fellowship is open to untenured scholars who have received their PhDs within the past five years. Applicants must have received their PhD by the application deadline (no later than January 15, 2014). Preference will be given to applicants whose projects focus on subjects related to the museum’s areas of collecting and reinterpret the topic via innovative methodological approaches or alternative perspectives that may cross national boundaries and art historical time periods.  


The next fellowship opportunity is July 2014 through June 2015. Deadline for receipt of the application is January 15, 2014.
To apply, send a cover letter, CV, a one-page research proposal, a sample syllabus for a proposed undergraduate or graduate course, and two letters of reference.

All application materials must be sent electronically in one PDF document to Letters of recommendation may be submitted together with the application materials or sent separately by the recommenders to the same e-mail address.

The Phillips Collection and the George Washington University are Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, Affirmative Action Employers.