The Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH) is a consortium of museums and research centers based in North America. ARIAHā€™s goal is to promote scholarship in art history and to foster intellectual exchange among art historians from different parts of the world. In pursuit of that goal, ARIAH has established a fellowship program that will enable scholarsĀ based inĀ countries in East Asia to conduct research in the United States. Funding for this ARIAH East Asia Fellowship comes from the Getty Foundation.

The ARIAH East Asia Fellowship is a short-term fellowship at theĀ National Museum of Asian ArtĀ in Washington, DC. During the fellowship, scholars can visit and conduct research at other institutions. The fellowship should take place between June 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

The fellowship provides a stipend of $6,500, which includes allowances for the cost of international travel, lodging and other living expenses, health insurance, and research travel within North America. The fellow will also be eligible for complimentary housing courtesy of the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (the Center) at the National Gallery of Art,Ā based upon availability.

The fellowship is open to scholarsĀ based inĀ East Asia working in any area related to theĀ National Museum of Asian Artā€™s collections and library. Applicants should hold an advanced degree and/or demonstrate a record of scholarly achievement.

Candidates may be affiliated with research institutes, universities, or museums, or they may be working independently. Preference will be given to early and mid-career professionals and to those who have not had significant opportunity to study in North America or Europe. Specialists in all fields related to the visual arts are encouraged to apply and will be asked to identify their preferred host institute.

If necessary, the Smithsonian will review the individual for participation in an Exchange Visitor Program and will support the individual, if eligible, in their application for a J-1 visa.

How to Apply

Fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process. Applications must include:

  • Research proposal (two pages maximum) detailing research questions, the workā€™s relationship to the Freer and Sackler collections (including the library and archives, if applicable/relevant), and the importance of the work in relation to both the broader discipline and your own scholarly goals
  • Project timeline and budget (not to exceed $6,500)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Name and contact information of two references

A small number of finalists will be invited to participate in Zoom interviews. The deadline forĀ applications is April 15, 2022.

For more information or to submit application materials, please email our Scholarly Programs and Publications Department:Ā