Postdoctoral Fellowship

Center for Art and Knowledge

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, DC, 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 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.

Starting in 2016, the postdoctoral fellowships will be offered in partnership with the University of Maryland. 

Current Fellow

2015‒16 Fellow

Chinghsin Wu received her Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA in 2010, specializing in the art of East Asia, with a specific focus on visual encounters and exchanges between East and West as well as transnational art movements within Asia. She taught at UCLA, UMass Boston, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Brandeis, Tufts, Brown, and Rutgers University, Camden. She has also worked in the curatorial divisions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Palace Museum at Taipei. During her fellowship, she plans to finish her book manuscript, which focuses on a Japanese avant-garde painter, Koga Harue (1895-1933), and uses his art and writings as a lens to investigate the reception of Western avant-garde movements such as Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in Japan. She will also begin her next research project, which will examine how the dissemination of the “Japanese experience” of the avant-garde to other parts of Asia under Japan’s colonial domination helped to formulate ideas of modernism in 1930s and 1940s East Asia. In Spring 2016, she will teach a course on “Art in Modern East Asia,” which examines the crucial transformations and developments in the art of modern Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.


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, in partnership with the University of Maryland. 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 Unversity of Maryland are Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, Affirmative Action Employers.