STIP: Terra Foundation academic awards, fellowships, and grants

Terra Foundation academic awards, fellowships, and grants help scholars in the field of American art realize their academic and professional goals and support the worldwide study and presentation of the historical art of the United States.



Digital Publication Initiatives

Terra Foundation for American Art Digital Publication Initiatives are innovative projects that promote the use and application of computational technology and data in the study of the visual arts of the United States and the dissemination of the resulting research.

The editors of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide are currently accepting proposals for articles addressing art and visual culture of the Americas in the long nineteenth century, from the American Revolution to World War I.


Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants

Academic program funding is available for in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that encourage international scholarship on American art topics (circa 1500–1980), as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that further research of American art in an international context.

Terra Summer Residency

The Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American Art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in the historic village of Giverny, France.  The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate.

Research Fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

These residential fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, DC, support full-time independent and dissertation research by scholars from abroad researching historical American art (circa 1550–1980) or by US scholars, particularly those investigating international contexts for American art.

Research Travel Grants to the United States

These grants enable scholars outside the United States to consult resources and visit collections within the United States. The foundation accepts proposals from doctoral students, postdoctoral and senior scholars.

International Research Travel Grants for US-based Scholars

These grants offer US-based scholars working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 the opportunity to conduct research abroad. Grant funding is available for doctoral students,  postdoctoral and senior scholars, whose projects require the study of materials outside the United States.

Terra Foundation University Teaching Programs

One of the ways we realize our global mission is by supporting visiting professorships and postdoctoral teaching fellowships at important academic institutions in Europe and elsewhere, thereby expanding opportunities for the study of historical American art. New opportunities will soon be announced.

Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Paris

This residential fellowship at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), in Paris, offers a postdoctoral scholar the opportunity to pursue his or her own work while in residence for 12 months. The Terra Foundation fellow will be able to consult local libraries and archives, including the INHA library. Additionally, the Terra Foundation fellow will benefit from a travel allowance to visit museum and archival collections in the United States and attend the College Art Association conference or another American scholarly event.

Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellowship in Rome

This fellowship at the American Academy in Rome offers support for a postdoctoral and senior scholar to conduct research on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 while in residence for 4 to 6 months. Topics dealing with Italian-American exchanges and requiring first-hand exposure to collections and archives in Rome and its vicinity will be given priority.

For information about deadlines, eligibility, and application information, please visit:

STIP: 2 research fellowships ‘The Benin Bronzes’ (01.01.2018, Hamburg)

2 Promotionsstip. “Die Benin-Bronzen. Die Globalisierung des kolonialen Kunstraubs” (Univ. Hamburg)

Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, 01.01.2018

Bewerbungsschluss: 01.11.2017

Das Historische Seminar (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer) in der Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften an der Universität Hamburg vergibt zum 1.1.2018 zwei Promotionsstipendien für das von der Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung geförderte Projekt “Die Benin-Bronzen. Die Globalisierung des kolonialen Kunstraubs”.

Im Jahre 1897 plünderten Truppen der britischen Kolonialarmee im Zuge einer angeblichen “Strafexpedition” den Königspalast von Benin City im heutigen Nigeria, vertrieben den amtierenden Oba und gliederten das bis dahin unabhängige Edo-Königreich Benin dem britischen Kolonialreich an. Continue reading “STIP: 2 research fellowships ‘The Benin Bronzes’ (01.01.2018, Hamburg)”

CONF: Ein Jahr Kulturgutschutzgesetz (Regensburg, 25 Oct 17)

Ein Jahr Kulturgutschutzgesetz 

– Individuelle und kollektive Interessen im Widerstreit
Universität Regensburg
Vielberth-Gebäude, H 24

Ein Jahr nach Inkrafttreten des neuen Kulturgutschutzgesetzes soll eine erste Bilanz gezogen werden, die die deutsche Regelung in den Zusammenhang des internationalen Kulturgüterschutzes einordnet. Die Veranstaltung findet im Rahmen der Kooperation zwischen dem Institut für Kunstgeschichte und der juristischen Fakultät der Universität Regensburg statt.

Eintritt frei; Anmeldung nicht erforderlich


16.00-16.20 Eröffnung des Symposiums

Prof. Dr. Christoph Wagner, Universität Regensburg

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kühling, Dekan der Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft der Universität Regensburg

16.20-17.40 Vorträge

Ein Jahr Kulturgutschutzgesetz aus rechtlicher Sicht
Rechtsanwältin Yasmin Mahmoudi, Köln

Das Kulturgüterfluchtgesetz und seine Profiteure
Prof. Dr. Nils Büttner, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart

Das Kulturgutschutzgesetz im Vergleich mit der Situation in der Schweiz
Dr. Matthias Frehner, Kunstmuseum Bern

Individuum, Staat und internationale Gemeinschaft: Schutzdimensionen des internationalen Kulturgüterrechts
Prof. Dr. Robert Uerpmann-Wittzack, Universität Regensburg

18.00-19.00 h: Diskussion mit den Referenten
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Gerrit Manssen und Prof. Dr. Christoph Wagner, Universität Regensburg

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Prof. Dr. Robert Uerpmann-Wittzack
Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht

Prof. Dr. Christoph Wagner
Lehrstuhl für Kunstgeschichte

In Kooperation mit dem Themenverbund “Sehen und Verstehen” der Universität Regensburg.


CONF: Ein Jahr Kulturgutschutzgesetz (Regensburg, 25 Oct 17). In:, Oct 14, 2017. <>.

CFP: Dispossessions of Cultural Objects (Ljubljana, 19-21 Mar 18)

Dispossessions of Cultural Objects between 1914 and 1989/1991
– Alpe Adria Region in Comparative Perspective

International Conference

Ljubljana, France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, March 19 – 21, 2018

Deadline: Nov 12, 2017

The research project team Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century (TransCultAA) invites applications for papers to be presented in Ljubljana in March 19-21, 2018.

Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century (TransCultAA) is a HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area – international and interdisciplinary research project of four countries (Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, together with the Commission for Provenance Research in Vienna, Austria, as associated partner). The four principal investigators are Christian Fuhrmeister, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich (project leader), Donata Levi, University of Udine, Barbara Murovec, France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, and Ljerka Dulibić, Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters HAZU in Zagreb. The project is being funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649307. Continue reading “CFP: Dispossessions of Cultural Objects (Ljubljana, 19-21 Mar 18)”

Lecture series: The art market of today: Its actors and their fields of work (Cologne, 19 Oct 17-18 Jan 18)

The art market of today: Its actors and their fields of work

Concept: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck

Institute for Art History
University of Cologne
9 October 17-18 January 18

The lectures start at 5:45 pm in auditorium E (Hörsaalgebäude). They are given in German.

The lecture series is open to all.  They are free of charge and registration is not required.

As part of the multi-term spanning series Art market: Research – fields of work – interdisciplinary dialogue, the lecture series is decidedly practice-oriented in this term, after the focus lay on the subject area research in the last two winter terms. Established experts from practical areas of the art market (i.a. auctioneers, art trade/gallery, art insurance, art logistics) will provide an insight into history, work flows and duties of their everyday working life. At the same time, they will address the specific challenges in their branch.

Selected talks will be recorded and published subsequent to the lectures. For more information on the lecture series, the focus on art market studies and other projects of the junior professorship for art history and art market, please visit

…the homepage of the Department for Art History:

…the scientific blog:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, Jun.-Prof. für Kunstgeschichte und Kunstmarkt, University of Cologne, Department for Art History,

Reference: ANN: Lecture series: The Art Market of Today (Cologne, 19 Oct 17-18 Jan 18). In:, Oct 10, 2017. <>.

CFP: Women Curators and Directors (New York, 26-27 Jun 18)

Women Curators and Directors in Art Museums before 1960

Conference session convened by Christel Hollevoet-Force
Christie’s New York
June 26 – 27, 2018

Deadline: Dec 15, 2017

Most curatorial staff at art museums such as the Guggenheim, the Met, MoMA, and the Whitney nowadays are women. Two of these distinguished New York institutions were not only founded by women, but all four were the stage of a few female curators’ remarkable trajectories in the first half of the twentieth century, in an unquestionably male-dominated world. This session will celebrate the achievements of pioneering women curators whose careers bloomed before 1960, with an overview of their trials and triumphs — launching new curatorial departments, defining heretofore uncharted fields of research and collecting, rising to the top of the ladder, and playing seminal roles within their museums and beyond. This session is a springboard to reflect on the specific challenges, distinct merits, and broader significance of women’s careers within the history of art museums.

Examples of these extraordinary women include Juliana Force (1876-1948), who was director of the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1930 to 1948; Hilla Rebay (1890-1967), whose was director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 1939 to 1952; Iris Barry (1895-1969), who created MoMA’s film department in 1932; and Dorothy Miller (1904-2003), who was a curator of painting and sculpture at MoMA from 1934 to 1969. I also have in mind Monuments Women such as Rose Valland (1898-1980) at the Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris; Ardelia Hall (1899-1979) who started her career at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; or Edith Standen (1905-1998) who concluded hers at The Met—all of whom were instrumental in the Allies’ restitution efforts following the systematic Nazi looting of art during WWII.

Scholars who have delved into the career of any such curator/director — the above or any other, in any country — or researched a specific facet of their broader accomplishments, are invited to send a proposal.

Call for papers for the conference: “Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts,” Christie’s Education, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, June 26-27, 2018

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Paper proposals should include an abstract (max 500 words) and short biography (max 250 words), and be sent to

CFP: Women Curators and Directors (New York, 26-27 Jun 18). In:, Oct 10, 2017. <>.

ANN: Lecture series, Centre for Art Market Studies (Berlin, 11 Oct 17-12 Feb 18)

Lecture series

all lectures are held at
TU Berlin, Raum A 111
Architekturgebäude der TU
Straße des 17. Juni 150/152
10623 Berlin

                              11.10.2017 – 12.02.2018

Speakers of this lecture series will present and discuss their current research on historical and present tensions and dynamics of the art trade and art policy with the institutionalized art world. Continue reading “ANN: Lecture series, Centre for Art Market Studies (Berlin, 11 Oct 17-12 Feb 18)”