Fellowships and Opportunities

Graduate Exchange Program with the Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society

The Art History Department has initiated a graduate exchange program with LUCAS (Centre for the Arts in Society) at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The program allows students to spend a term at Leiden, taking courses in departments, such as Art History, affiliated with LUCAS.  Conversely, graduate students from Leiden have the opportunity of visiting our department for a term.  At the host institution, students take seminars or tutorials, working closely with distinguished faculty of their choice.  In Leiden, seminars are conducted in English. Students are charged no tuition, fees, or other administrative costs, and their travel and living expenses are funded by the Art History Department. They generally become eligible in their second or third years of graduate study. Since Leiden is exceptionally strong in the fields of ancient, early modern, and modern/contemporary art, we often send students who are training in these fields.

The Art History Department is located in Carlos Hall, a building of considerable architectural distinction on the main quadrangle. Designed in 1916 by Henry Hornbostel, Carlos Hall was remodeled in 1985 by Michael Graves, who later designed the adjacent Michael C. Carlos Museum. For use in teaching and student presentations, the department maintains a collection of approximately 185,000 images, in the process of being converted from slide to digital format. Within Carlos Hall, graduate students have their own study room, the Lyman Center, and there is also an Art History Reading Room in Woodruff Library. Woodruff Library and Pitts Theological Library house substantial holdings of books and periodicals for the study of art history. The Carlos Museum and the High Museum of Art provide excellent internship and curatorial opportunities.

The Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Object-Centered Curatorial Research

Administered by a partnership among the Art History Department, the Michael C. Carlos Museum and the High Museum of Art, this fellowship brings together students, faculty, curators, and conservators. Each year, three art history graduate students are awarded fellowships to work directly with objects selected in consultation with faculty and curatorial advisors, and to consider questions of authorship, manufacture, presentation, and preservation. This fellowship is primarily intended for graduate students who have completed at least their first year of studies in the Art History department.

Fellows work with two objects, one of which will be related to their doctoral research; undertake a directed reading course with their faculty advisor; and work with curatorial advisors to develop questions and define the research scope. They engage in independent research, which can include travel to relevant collections, institutions, or libraries in the U.S. or abroad, to examine relevant objects, consult researchers, and review documents. The faculty advisor, conservator, or appropriate field expert is involved in the planning and accompanies the fellow on these research trips.

Fellows also complete the course Issues in the Conservation of Art and Cultural Property; which offers an introduction to a wide range of topics relating to the field of art conservation, including preventive care, loss compensation, materials analysis, evidence of use or alteration practical work of conservation as well as the ethics, realities, and decisions that define that practice;

Fellows’ research findings will be presented in a lecture at the annual Art History Graduate Symposium and at a public museum event, and will be published on the High Museum’s website.

Travel Seminars and Support for Graduate Student Field Research

The department conducts graduate seminars with a significant travel component that complements classroom and library experience. In addition, the department offers its own travel grants, including the Thomas W. Lyman Memorial Travel Fund and a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support dissertation research in American Art. Travel resources are also available from the Laney Graduate School.

Summer Archaeological Field Research at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace

Students have the opportunity to participate in archaeological field research at the ancient Greek Sanctuary of the Great Gods of Samothrace, place of the mystery cult of the Megaloi Theoi and one of the most important Hellenistic sanctuaries in the Eastern Mediterranean.