Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship
at The Courtauld Institute of Art

For period 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2011

The sterling equivalent of US$50,000 p.a. as at date of offer


With sponsorship from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Courtauld Institute of Art’s Research Forum is pleased to announce a new two-year fellowship for the teaching and study of historical American art (pre-1980). The award will enable a recent postdoctoral scholar to teach at the Courtauld Institute and to undertake a major research project intended for publication. The Fellow will teach one course each year on a selected American art topic. The Fellow will participate in the Institute’s research seminars and in the research culture generally.


This fellowship is part of an initiative of the Terra Foundation that aims to develop international interest, knowledge, and scholarship in the field of historical American art, and it has been awarded in conjunction with similar fellowships at the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris.


The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the Foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the Foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programmes. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.


Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career, not currently holding, or having held a permanent university post and having received a doctorate within three years of taking up the award. The scheme offers an early career researcher in the field of historical American art the possibility of gaining experience of research and teaching in a university environment, which will enhance their curriculum vitae, improve their prospects of obtaining permanent teaching posts, and further the knowledge of American art.


Applicants are asked to submit: (1) a covering letter explaining the candidate’s specific interest in the fellowship; (2) a completed application form, with two letters of recommendation, including one from the candidate’s supervisor (these can be sent separately); (3) an equal opportunities monitoring form.

The Courtauld Institute of Art promotes equal opportunities