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.
Valerie Hellstein joined the Center for the Study of Modern Art in July. Hellstein received her PhD in art history from Stony Brook University, New York, in 2010, and is a scholar of 20th-century American and European art, in particular the connections between modern art, spirituality, and politics. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled Collective Anarchy: The Club, Abstract Expressionism, and the Cold War, and most recently taught at Boston College and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In addition to furthering her research at the Phillips, Hellstein will teach an art history course at the Center, deliver a public lecture on her research, and participate in other scholarly activity at the Center and the George Washington University.
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 time the fellowship begins (no later than June 30, 2013). 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 2013 through June 2014. Deadline for receipt of the application is January 15, 2013.
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 (under separate cover).
All application materials must be sent in electronic form to:
Center for the Study of Modern Art
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
The Phillips Collection and the George Washington University are Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, Affirmative Action Employers.