• Peacocks :: 1683
  • Artist: Melchior d'Hondecoeter, Dutch
  • Repository: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
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FELLOWSHIPS

  • The Kress Foundation does not provide specific commentary or feedback beyond what is communicated in our notification letters. All Kress fellowship programs are highly competitive. Award decisions are based upon an array of considerations, including the merits of the individual application as we assess it vis-à-vis our mission, goals and current programs and the relative merits of applications within a given application pool, which may extend to scores of applications.  In no way should our inability to support a given application be considered a comment on the worthiness of a given application or the applying institution and project participants.  It is not at all unusual for the Foundation to decline a fellowship application and subsequently to award a fellowship to the same applicant.  For this reason, applicants are always encouraged to apply to Kress for support whenever they deem their efforts to be in alignment with our mission, goals and current programs.
  • There are different requirements for each fellowship.
    History of Art Institutional Fellowships: candidates must be nominated by their academic department.
    Conservation Fellowships: applications must be submitted by the museum or conservation research facility that will host the fellowship.
    Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums: applications must be submitted by the museum that will host the fellowship.
  • For the Conservation Fellowships and Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums, each institution may have only one nominee for each fellowship except in instances in which a fellowship is expressly conceived as a paired fellowship.
    For History of Art Institutional Fellowships, each university is limited to two (2) nominees per academic department. The nominees must be applying for different research centers.
  • As of November 1, 2018 individuals will be required to apply for History of Art Institutional Fellowships using the Foundation's online grantmaking portal. The portal will accept Institutional Fellowship applications between November 1 and November 30 at 5:00pm EST.

    As of March 1, 2019 applicants for the Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums program will submit their applications through the grantmaking portal. The portal will accept Interpretive Fellowship applications between March 1 and April 1 at 5:00pm EST.


    Conservation Fellowships will continue to be administered by the FAIC. For more information about their application procedure see their website.



GRANTS

  • Yes.

    The Kress Foundation views its support of art history publishing as a key component of our grant programs and the Foundation has been evaluating its approach to publication subventions in order to feel confident that the support we provide for publishing in art history has the greatest possible impact on the field; that we are supporting the most worthy publication projects in European art history; that we are serving, as equitably as possible, the entire range of fields (from antiquity to the early modern era) about which we care; that our support is being offered with transparency and across a level playing field with respect to the relevant publishers and prospective authors; and that the proposals we receive are being assessed as judiciously and in as well-informed a way as possible.  With these goals in mind, the Foundation is currently seeking to establish ongoing partnerships with key scholarly organizations that will be sustainable over time, through which these organizations, themselves recipients of Kress funding, will administer our support for art history publishing in their key areas of interest, soliciting and assessing applications, and making appropriate awards.

    As we begin to forge these relationships and to restructure our support for art history publishing, the Foundation will itself continue to accept applications for publications the scope of which fall outside the areas being supported in this way.  Currently, the Foundation has partnerships in place with the International Center of Medieval Art and the Renaissance Society of America, and the Archaeological Institute of America.

  • The first step in the application process for all grant programs is the submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The Kress grantmaking portal will accept LOIs for 15 days at the beginning of the Foundation's three grant cycles.

    Grant Cycle   Grant Program Portal Opens Grant Application Deadline
    Spring History of Art
    Conservation
    Digital Resources  
    February 15 March 1, 5:00PM EST
           
    Fall History of Art
    Conservation
    Digital Resources 
    August 15 September 1, 5:00PM EST
           
    Winter History of Art
    Conservation
    December 1 December 15, 5:00PM EST


    If an applicant has been invited to submit a full proposal to the Foundation, they will receive an email directing them back to the grantmaking portal. Institutions must submit their complete grant applications by the deadlines below in order to be eligible for an award from the Kress Foundation.

    Grant Cycle   Grant Program Grant Application Deadline
    Spring History of Art
    Conservation
    Digital Resources  
    April 1, 5:00PM EST
         
    Fall History of Art
    Conservation
    Digital Resources 
    October 1, 5:00PM EST
         
    Winter History of Art
    Conservation
    January 15, 5:00PM EST

  • We can only award grants to American organizations that are registered as non-profits with the Internal Revenue Service. International applicants must identify a U.S. non-profit as the financial agent for their proposal, and provide a copy of that organization’s IRS Determination Letter to confirm its 501(c) 3 status. The Foundation does not pay grants directly to individuals.
  • The Kress Foundation does not provide specific commentary or feedback beyond what is communicated in our notification letters. All Kress grant programs are highly competitive. Award decisions are based upon an array of considerations, including the merits of the individual application as we assess it vis-à-vis our mission, goals and current programs and the relative merits of applications within a given application pool, which may extend to scores of applications.  In no way should our inability to support a given application be considered a comment on the worthiness of a given application or the applying institution and project participants.  It is not at all unusual for the Foundation to decline a grant application and subsequently to award a grant to the same applicant.  For this reason, applicants are always encouraged to apply to Kress for support whenever they deem their efforts to be in alignment with our mission, goals and current programs.


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