• The Meeting of St. Francis and St. Dominic :: c.1400-1455
  • Artist: Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro), Italian
  • Repository: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
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History of Art 
Institutional Fellowships


Advanced training in European art history requires direct exposure to the object of study, prolonged access to key information resources such as libraries and photographic archives, the development of professional relationships with colleagues abroad, and sustained immersion in European cultures. These related needs are often best satisfied by extended engagement with a European art research center. The Kress History of Art: Institutional Fellowships are intended to provide promising young art historians with the opportunity to experience just this kind of immersion.

The Foundation strongly urges its grantees and fellowship administrators to help diversify the next generation of art historians, art conservators, and art museum professionals by adopting an inclusive approach to all Kress-sponsored partnerships and educational and training opportunities.


Individuals must apply for a Kress Institutional Fellowship using the Foundation’s online grantmaking portal. Pre-doctoral candidates who have been nominated by their departments should register for portal access at https://kressfoundation.fluxx.io. The portal will accept Institutional Fellowship applications between November 1 and November 30, 2019. See the How to Apply page for more information.


Six pre-doctoral Kress Institutional Fellowships in the History of European Art will be awarded each year. Each fellowship provides for a two-year research appointment hosted by one of the following European art history research centers:

  • Florence Kunsthistorisches Institut / Institute for Art History
  • Leiden Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)
  • London Courtauld Institute of Art & Warburg Institute of Art (jointly administered)
  • Munich Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte / Central Institute for Art History
  • Paris Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) / National Institute for the History of Art
  • Rome Bibliotheca Hertziana

The fellowship award is $30,000 per annum.


Restricted to pre-doctoral candidates in the history of art and related disciplines (such as archaeology, architecture, or classics). Nominees must be U.S. citizens or individuals matriculated at an American university. Dissertation research must focus on European art from antiquity to the early 19th century. Candidates must be nominated by their academic department.

Please note: Each university is limited to two (2) nominees per academic department. The nominees must be applying for different research centers.


Applications must be submitted through the grantmaking portal on or before November 30 at 5:00pm EST.

In addition to these six Institutional Fellowships, the Kress Foundation supports art history fellowships at other institutions. For a complete list, see Fellowship Partners

special note about visas

Individuals receiving a History of Art Institutional Fellowship will need to secure a student research visa with their chosen country of study. Please note that the visa application process varies by country and may require several weeks to complete, particularly given summer schedules at many of the European art research centers affiliated with this program. The Kress Foundation advises Fellowship recipients to take appropriate steps towards obtaining the proper documentation immediately upon acceptance of the award, and to apply for the relevant visa as soon as possible to ensure a successful start to the first year of research.


Madonna and Child_Botticelli

Madonna and Child

Date: c. 1500-10
Artist: Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi), follower of
Repository: El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

This type of Madonna, with the faces of Mother and Child pressed together in an impulsive gesture of affection and apprehension, was developed by Botticelli in his late period, between 1500 and 1510.

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