Getty Foundation and ACLS Announce 2019 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Art History


A priest at the monastery of Däbrä Maryam in Ethiopia displays a fourteenth-century Christian gospel. The photo was taken by Getty/ACLS Fellow Jacopo Gnisci as part of his work on Ethiopian illuminated manuscripts from late antiquity through the medieval period.

The Getty Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announced today ten recipients of Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art. This is the second year that the Getty Foundation and ACLS have awarded the fellowships, which encourage diverse, international perspectives. The program is administered by ACLS, a preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.

Below are the 2019 Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellows and their planned research topics:

Elizabeth Ann Cecil: Architectures of Intimidation: Political Ecology and Landscape Manipulation in Early Southeast Asia

Kyrah Malika Daniels: The Art that Heals: Spiritual Illness and Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic

Jacopo Gnisci: Illuminated Ethiopic Gospel Books, 350-1400

Helen Rose Hughes: Forger—Convict—Artist: The Criminalisation of Forgery and Colonial Australian Art, 1788-1868

Angelina Lucento: Moving the Masses: Painting and Communication from Budapest to Bishkek, 1918-1941

Kelema Lee Moses: Island Modernism/Island Urbanism: Encountering Statehood in Honolulu, Hawai'i

Clarissa Ricci: Shifting Platforms: The Venice Biennale and the Formation of the Contemporary Art System

Alice Isabella Sullivan: Byzantium Reimagined in Moldavian Art and Architecture

Steffen Zierholz: Demons, Minerals, and Media-Specificity: The Subterranean as a Productive Force in Early Modern Naples

Daniel Michael Zolli: Donatello’s Promiscuous Technique: Experimentation and Collaboration in an Italian Renaissance Workshop

A major three-year Foundation grant to ACLS supports ten postdoctoral fellows each year, including the fellows named above, who are selected by a distinguished committee of scholars. Each 12-month, non-residential fellowship includes a $60,000 stipend and an additional $5,000 for travel and research. Awardees will convene at the Getty for a week-long residency upon completion of their fellowships, creating a community of scholars connected to one another. The fellowships encourage projects that make substantial and original contributions to the understanding of art and its history, an endeavor that now includes both technical and digital art history. The first ten fellowships were awarded in 2018.

ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is widely recognized for its administration of fellowship programs, offering over $25 million in fellowships and grants to support more than 350 scholars worldwide. These fellowships provide a range of opportunities for scholars in all fields of the humanities and at all career stages, from graduate students and distinguished professors to independent scholars.

More information on the recipients and their projects can be found here.

More about the Getty/ACLS grant program can be found at:

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