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Winterthur Research Fellowships 2019-2020

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is Opening Doors to Scholarship! Winterthur invites scholars, graduate students, artists, and craftspeople to begin brainstorming and planning projects for application to the 2019–2020 Research Fellowship Program!

A research fellowship at Winterthur offers:

Unparalleled Collections:
- Printed and rare books, manuscripts and ephemera, images, and museum and garden collections

A Broad Range of Scholarly Topics and Academic Disciplines:
- Topics in social and cultural history, ethnic and religious history, art history, literary studies, American studies, design history and decorative arts, geography and landscape studies, material culture, museum studies, and conservation studies
- Topics related to the colonial Americas and the United States in a global context from the 17th to the 20th centuries

A Collegial Atmosphere:
- Access to the expertise of librarians, curators, conservators, graduate students, and other research fellows with related interests

A Material Culture Perspective:
- Experience gained in seeking new knowledge from the study of the material world

Fellowships Offered:

Fellowships include a 4-month postdoctoral fellowship, 1–2 semester dissertation fellowships, and 1–3 month short-term fellowships.

Winterthur is once again offering short-term Maker-Creator Fellowships. These fellowships are designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works.

Fellows have full access to the library collections, including more than 87,000 volumes and one-half million manuscripts and images, searchable online. Resources for the 17th to the early 20th centuries include printed and rare books, manuscripts, period trade catalogues, auction and exhibition catalogues, printed ephemera, and an extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts. Fellows may conduct object-based research in the museum collection, which includes 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in America from about 1600 to 1860, with a strong emphasis on domestic life. Winterthur also supports a program of scholarly publications including Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture.

Fellows may reside in a furnished stone farmhouse on the Winterthur grounds and participate in the lively scholarly community at Winterthur.

Fellowship applications are due January 15, 2019. For more details and to apply, visit the Research Fellowship webpage by clicking on the 'External Link' below or via e-mail:


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