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The Center's Scholars' Program encompasses both short and long-term fellowships. Through its fellowships, the Center provides support for both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research. Fellowship proposals may address wide-ranging aspects of the history of collecting in the United States from Colonial times to the present as well as in Europe. Proposals may focus on individual collectors, dealers, developments, or trends in the art market. Interdisciplinary research is especially encouraged.

Four short-term fellowships, currently supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Robert Lehman Foundation are awarded every year, each for a period of eight to ten weeks. Two semester-long Leon Levy Fellowships are awarded to scholars engaged on a major project.

Please note that in Spring/Summer 2020, pending the public approval process for the Frick’s upcoming building project, the Frick Art Reference Library will be moving to a temporary location. Because of this, many of our materials will be offsite during the Fellowship period and accessible by request only. Digitized materials from both the photoarchive and archives will be accessible online; however, physical archival holdings, and items not digitized, will not be available to scholars during this time. Preference will be given to scholars who will benefit from both our available collections and those held at other New York City institutions.

Application forms for Winter/Spring 2020 fellowships must be e-mailed no later than September 9, 2019.