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Eleanor Tufts Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Art History Open for Applications

January 15, 2011 Deadline for Applicants to be Considered for Award

The Art History Department at SMU invites applications for the Eleanor Tufts Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, a two-year national award created to support outstanding graduate students in Art History in the completion of their dissertation and in their transition to professional academic careers.

This fellowship is named in honor of Eleanor Tufts, Professor of Art History at SMU from 1974 to 1991. Dr. Tufts received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University where she trained as a specialist in Spanish art and published extensively on the 18th century artist Luis Meléndez. Professor Tufts is best known for the critical role she played among the first generation of feminist art historians that included Linda Nochlin, Ann Sutherland Harris and Elsa Honig Fine.

The Tufts Fellowship provides $24,000 per year for two consecutive years and is offered bi-annually to doctoral candidates in the last phase of the Ph.D. process. The first fifteen months (May of the first year through August of the second year) is spent completing dissertation research, travel, and writing. During the following nine months, the Tufts Fellow will be in residence at SMU teaching one undergraduate class in the Fall and one graduate seminar in the Spring, both in the recipient’s area of specialization.

In Fall 2011, the Art History Department at SMU will launch a new doctoral program under the rubric RASC/a (Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture). RASC/a ( is an innovative, multidisciplinary Ph.D. program that encompasses historical and new media, spatial arts, and critical theories of culture, race and gender. We strongly encourage applications for the Tufts Fellowship from candidates whose work is engaged with these issues.

Applicants must be nominated by the department of the institution granting their degree. They should have completed all preliminary requirements for the Ph.D. and are expected to finish the dissertation in the first fifteen months of the award period. To apply, submit a current resume, a nomination letter from the Art History chair, two letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom you have worked, and a two-four page narrative description of your research and dissertation plans to:

The Eleanor Tufts Fellowship
Department of Art History
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750356
Dallas, Texas 75275—0356


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