Postdoctoral Fellowship

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

Postdoctoral Fellow Anne Monahan2014‒15 Fellow

Anne Monahan (PhD University of Delaware, 2010) is a specialist in modern and contemporary art with attention to the dynamics of racial formation. During her fellowship, she is completing two projects that relate, directly or indirectly, to the nexus of art, race, and politics that informed much mid-century American art. Her book manuscript, Radical/Chic: Race, Politics, and the Legacy of Social Realism in the 1960s, maps intersections of race and style in the construction of modernism as manifest in signal examples of racially conscious figuration. Her exhibition catalogue essay, “Witness: History and Memory of the Art of Horace Pippin” (Brandywine Museum of Art, 2015) considers how the artist instrumentalized memory, history, and imagination in and for the art market of his day. She unites those interests in the “Race and Representation since the Harlem Renaissance” course that she will teach in spring 2015.


The fellowship is open to untenured scholars who have received their PhDs within the past five years. Applicants must have successfully defended their thesis prior to the application deadline (no later than January 15, 2016) and their doctoral degree must be conferred no later than June 30, 2016, prior to the start day of July 1, 2016. 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 2016 through June 2017. Deadline for receipt of the application is January 15, 2016.

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.