Anne van Biema Fellowship on Japanese Visual Arts
The Anne van Biema Fellowship was established by bequest to promote excellence in research and publication on the Japanese visual arts. Fellowships support research at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
While the Galleries provide magnificent opportunities for collections-based study, access to our collections will be severely limited from January 2016 until summer 2017, due to the closure and renovation of the Freer Gallery. As a result, we are currently welcoming project applications that take advantage of our world-class library and archival collections related to Japanese visual arts. Research proposals are evaluated in terms of merit, originality, methodology, and potential for significant publication that will advance scholarly and public understanding of the Japanese visual arts. Interdisciplinary proposals with a primary focus on Japanese visual arts are considered.
Awards are made to scholars at the post-doctoral or senior levels for periods of two to nine months, and are not renewable. The maximum stipend of $35,000 for nine months will be prorated for shorter terms. The fellowship includes round-trip travel at US government rates from the fellow's residence to Washington, DC. Additional support not to exceed $2,500 may be provided for approved research and travel expenses. Research space, a networked computer, and access to art collections, archives, and Smithsonian Institution libraries are provided.
The Anne van Biema Fellowship is intended to provide an environment conducive to research, writing, and collegial discourse. Fellows are expected to devote themselves full-time to the proposed project, to participate in the scholarly community and programs of the museums, and to present a research-in-progress seminar during the period of the appointment.
Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply. Meeting requirements for and obtaining required visas for residence and research in the United States is the responsibility of the applicant. Upon request, the museums will supply documentation of the award of the fellowship, dates of appointment, and financial support.
The application deadline is December 15. Notification of awards is sent on February 15. Appointments begin between April 1 and December 1 of the same calendar year.