Research Fellowships

We offer fellowships for curators, artists, designers, and faculty to pursue research, develop new work, and make important contributions to their fields, the RISD Museum, and our communities.

Artist Fellowship

By supporting the local creative community, the RISD Museum and its audiences are fueled by the imagination and innovation of the artists and designers it serves. This year-long artist fellowship offers a local artist the opportunity to explore new ideas and ways of working that challenge conventional methodologies. The fellow will investigate Museum collections related to their proposed areas of interest, with support and mentorship from curatorial staff, conservators, and educators, and engage in research that benefits their personal practice and delves deeply into ideas, materials, and processes. The Museum recognizes and values diversity as central to excellence. The artist fellow will be invited to participate in staff meetings, projects and activities that help build a diverse and inclusive community. The artist fellow receives a stipend, professional-development support, and the opportunity to work closely with the Museum’s collections and staff members to realize a proposed project.

Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowships

The Andrew W.  Mellon Faculty Fellowships are designed to engage faculty members from across disciplines in research, teaching, and public engagement through the RISD Museum’s collection. During the two-year appointment, the Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow will be resident in one of three curatorial departments (Costume and Textiles; Prints, Drawings and Photography; or Decorative Arts and Design), with the expectation of learning the collection and conducting research related to it and to their area of expertise. 

 

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Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow is a three-year position for an outstanding junior scholar who wishes to pursue a curatorial career. The Mellon Fellow is fully integrated into the Museum’s Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and participates in strengthening the Museum’s engagement with the academic curricula at Brown University and RISD. The fellow supervises the department’s active study room and acts as the primary liaison between the department and faculty teaching from the collections, including making regular presentations to classes. They undertake research in area of expertise, leading to an exhibition to be presented in the third year.

Nancy Prophet Fellowship

The Nancy Prophet Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position for artists and scholars embarking on careers in the arts and considering the museum profession and the roles museums play in an increasingly diverse society. Named in honor of the Nancy Prophet, an artist of Narragansett and African heritage and RISD's first graduate of color in 1918, this program provides significant professional-practice opportunities to high-achieving college and graduate school alumni up to three years post-graduation. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the Museum's curatorial and programming work. Through mentorship and professional-development support, they will develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to make important contributions to the museum field. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to fostering the understanding of works of art in a museum context; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and the ability to work independently as well as collegially.

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Digital Media Fellowship

The Digital Media Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position for artists, designers, or filmmakers embarking on careers in the arts and seeking an opportunity to work in a professional studio environment. The fellowship provides significant professional-practice opportunities to high-achieving college and graduate school alumni up to three years post-graduation. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the RISD Museum's creative production process. Through project-based learning, mentorship, and professional-development support, the individual will develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to make important contributions to the RISD Museum's mission of access and learning.

Spalter Teaching Fellowship

The Spalter Teaching Fellowship is open to RISD and Brown graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Spalter Teaching Fellows are trained as RISD Museum educators and are responsible for teaching and working with children and youth ages 5 to 18. They undergo rigorous training with the Museum’s educators who introduce them to the Museum’s collection and pedagogy. Spalter Teaching Fellows receive an honorarium and must commit to a two-year fellowship for up to 8 hours per week.