Stanford University Arts Research Fellowships: “Creative Cities”


Stanford University Arts Research Fellowships: “Creative Cities”

The Stanford Arts Institute invites applications for one-year visiting fellowships. Fellows are expected to conduct interdisciplinary research on the theme “Creative Cities.” Each Fellow will be affiliated with the Stanford Arts Institute, as well as with a relevant department or program at Stanford.

The Stanford Arts Institute offers interdisciplinary arts curricula and research programs, drawing on the wide-ranging intellectual resources of Stanford University. Peggy Phelan (English, Theater & Performance Studies) is the Denning Family Director of the Institute.

2016-17 Fellowship Theme: “Creative Cities: The Role of Art in Reimagining Cities”

New Orleans, Detroit, Mumbai, and Beijing—to name a few—are cities whose recent histories have been reconsidered (and are being rebuilt) with art as a central lens. This fellowship seeks candidates with a strong record of scholarly research and/or creative work on the intersection of art and urban centers. We are interested in candidates who can reach across disciplines (such as economics, public policy, urban renewal) as well as artistic media.

Eligibility and Requirements

Fellowships are for one full academic year, and require the fellow to be in residence at Stanford during Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters (mid-September 2016 through mid-June 2017). Candidates will normally have an MFA or interdisciplinary PhD in the arts. Independent artists and scholars must demonstrate artistic or scholarly achievement equivalent to a relevant terminal degree. Candidates will be expected to teach one undergraduate course and contribute to University-wide seminars and public discussions. Candidates will also be expected to produce a tangible contribution to the “Creative Cities” theme during the course of their fellowship.

There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.


Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $50,000 plus benefits and travel/research funds of up to $3,000.

How to Apply

All materials must be submitted by 11:59pm (PST) on February 5, 2016.

Applicants should submit the following through Interfolio (

  • Cover letter describing the goals and achievements of your work to date
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Written work sample
  • Fellowship Proposal detailing the research that the fellow would undertake while at Stanford (five page limit) and a course description for an undergraduate seminar. Research projects may include a creative practice component.
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

Fellows will be chosen by a multidisciplinary selection committee on the basis of the promise of the proposed project, the originality and distinction of the candidate’s previous work, and the candidate’s perceived ability to contribute to the intellectual and artistic life of campus.

For more information:

Stanford Arts Institute

Stanford University

365 Lasuen Street, Second Floor

Stanford, CA 94305-5010

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. It welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.

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