• 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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Fellowship Partners


The Kress Foundation sponsors a range of fellowship programs, many of which are administered independently by host institutions. Conservation Fellowships are administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation and History of Art: Institutional Fellowships are administered by the six European research centers hosting the fellows.  The Foundation continues to administer directly the Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums.  Other Kress Foundation sponsored fellowship partners include:

American Academy in Rome

Established in 1894, and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the American Academy in Rome is a center that sustains independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies. Through an annual national competition the Rome Prize is awarded to 15 scholars and 15 emerging artists. In 1977, the Kress Foundation began supporting a pre-doctoral scholarly prize in art history.


Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies provides graduate students and scholars from affiliated North American colleges and universities a base for the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture, from antiquity to the present day. The Kress Foundation began awarding the ASCS grants in 1966 for fellowships in art history and publications.

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, founded in 1979, is a research institute that fosters study of the production, use and cultural meaning of art, artifacts, architecture, and urbanism, from prehistoric times to the present. CASVA encourages a variety of approaches by historians, critics, and theorists of art, as well as by scholars in related disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Today the Kress Foundation awards an annual grant to CASVA in support of the Kress Professorship, two senior Kress fellows and two pre-doctoral Kress fellows. The Foundation began this partnership with CASVA when the latter was created in 1979, as an extension of the support the Foundation had been extending to the National Gallery of Art for fellowships programs since 1965.  You may view or download a copy of the National Gallery of Art's fellowship history with the Kress Foundation:

A Generous Vision: Samuel H. Kress Professors 1965-1995
A Generous Vision II: Samuel H. Kress Professors 1995-2016


A number of other scholarly institutions administer fellowship programs on behalf of, and with funding from, the Kress Foundation. These fellowship partners include: the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation; the Archaeological Institute of America; the Harvard University Art Museum's Strauss Center for Conservation; Harvard's Villa I Tatti; the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, the International Center of Medieval Art; the Northeast Document Conservation Center; the Renaissance Society of America; and Yale University.


History Highlights


The Foundation begins awarding grants to selected, PhD-granting universities for dissertation research in art history, initiating an ongoing legacy of support to the field.  In addition, competitive research fellowships are established at key European art history research centers.

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Fellowship FAQ

Q: Do I need to be ABD at the time of submission (November 30) for the History of Art: Institutional Fellowship?

A: You must be a PhD candidate to apply for the Fellowship, but you do not have to be ABD by the application deadline date, although we require that you have ABD status by the time the Fellowship begins.  If you are not ABD at the time of the application, and are accepted for the Fellowship, you are expected to notify the Foundation once your ABD status is confirmed.

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