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Research Fellowships

In November 2020 Holt/Smithson Foundation launches its Research Fellowship Program. Lasting 300-hours, each Fellowship is based around a specific research project. Our Fellowship Program is aimed at:
-graduate students
-recent college graduates
-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers
-early career museum professionals
-Holt and Smithson scholars working towards a specific publication

Fellowship candidates must possess a strong command of English, excellent communication skills, strong writing skills, word-processing skills, and the ability to work and function in a creative and flexible environment. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. We currently have five subject areas in our Fellowship Program:

Various Sites: Local Narratives

We particularly welcome applications from candidates based locally to extant artworks by Holt and Smithson who are interested in conducting research about the site and its context. This could include sites of extant public sculptures or earthworks (for example Lake Placid in New York State or Emmen in The Netherlands); a former site of an artwork (for example St James’ Park in Toronto or Florida Keys); a specific location important to Holt or Smithson (for example the New Jersey Meadowlands or the Great Basin Desert). Please indicate which site you are interested in researching.

Washington DC: Exhibition histories

The objective of this Fellowship is to develop a definitive exhibition history of Robert Smithson and / or Nancy Holt. The Fellow will create a timeline of exhibitions and gather relevant exhibition literature. The research will be published on the Holt/Smithson Foundation website, an in-progress project, which is a hub of Holt and Smithson studies.

Santa Fe: Nancy Holt’s Library

Nancy Holt was an avid reader of books on topics as varied as art, astronomy, film, geology, geography, New Mexico history, and spirituality. This Fellowship is focused on Holt’s library, which includes many annotated volumes. The Fellow will work with the Foundation team to organize and inventory the Library and document her annotations and notes. The Fellow will write a 1,200 word text on the Library, to be published as a Holt/Smithson Foundation Scholarly Text on our website.

Washington DC: Robert Smithson: bibliography, collected writings, and interviews

This Fellowship is dedicated to core research in the first stage in the process of developing a new, revised edition of Robert Smithson’s writings. This Fellow will work on an inventory of Robert Smithson’s interviews and lectures, sourcing transcripts, and providing a summary of key topics. In addition, the Fellow will develop a chronological inventory of all writings (published and unpublished), consulting papers held at the Archives of American Art and at the Foundation.

Application Procedure

Holt/Smithson Foundation will begin the Research Fellowship application process in Fall of 2020.  Please check back with us, and sign up for the newsletter to keep updated with the latest news.