Fulbright Scholar Award

Visual Arts: Museum Studies - 20th Century/ Contemporary Art

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
August 2023
February 2024
Award Length
6 months
8 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Art History
Museum Studies
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Ireland seeks and encourages the involvement of people from diverse backgrounds in all its grants.

The scholar will assist with research, writing, cataloguing, digitisation and data management relating to artworks in the IMMA Collection by key Irish and International artists, to enhance IMMA’s digital footprint as a place of knowledge and as part of a major initiative that will focus on Collection-centred programming in 2023 and 2024.  

The role will also assist in the research and development of aspects of IMMA’s exhibitions, collections and engagement and learning programmes. 

This might involve:  

- assisting with research, writing, cataloguing, digitisation and data management relating to specific Collections such as the Kronn Collection of photographic work or artworks in the IMMA Collection by key Irish and International artists, to enhance IMMA’s digital footprint as a place of knowledge and as part of a major initiative that will focus on Collection-centred programming in 2023 and 2024.  

- assisting with research and programme development relating to specific aspects of IMMA’s current and forthcoming exhibitions and engagement and learning programmes including themes of protest, social engagement, the Anthropocene, decolonisation, self-determination, arts education. 

The placement will offer the successful candidate some time to immerse in IMMA’s International Residency Programme where participants can develop a deeper focus into specific areas of interest. IMMA offers successful scholars an exceptional opportunity: they live and work onsite amongst a community of artists with academics and researchers exploring, complementing, and critiquing the museum in various capacities.  

Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin

To research and contextualize Irish Museum of Modern Art's (IMMA) Collection Digitization and Programming Archive, in particular from the 1990s to present day, as part of the Collection Department’s current research and in collaboration with the Public Engagement and Learning Dept. The role will contribute to a significant Collection Digitization and Archiving Project currently underway at IMMA.

Award Length and Period

6-8 months

August 2023 / January 2024 (flexible) 

Areas of Interest

Extensive experience in Public Engagement/Collection Information Management and Access in relation to modern and contemporary artworks and preferably Web Publishing experience.

Additional areas of interest: Art history, Arts museum and collections studies , Art education, Decolonial studies,Visual culture and curatorial studies, Socially engaged and participatory studies.

Special Features

This award is cost-shared by the host institution. IMMA will provide residency and office facilities.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Competitive applications will demonstrate clear alignment with host strategy, goals or new areas of mutual interest. Typically a letter of invitation will express this adequately.

Please contact:
Ms. Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator and Head of Collections
(t) 353 1 612 9907
(e) christina.kennedy@imma.ie

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Qualification Information

Open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia. Three to five years professional experience in a contemporary art museum.

Many of the artworks and archives relate to artists will have had residencies at IMMA and/or solo exhibitions. Research and information management will be required to establish linkages to other institutions, resources and stakeholders and to initiate online curatorial, exhibition and research relationships. Experience in digital learning will be an advantage.


Award Allowances

Maximum $11,150 dollars for a 6-8 month period (Note that the stipend will be paid in euros and the approximate USD amount reflects the current exchange rate).

Estimated Cost of Living

Residency and accommodation on-site at IMMA is offered with the award.

Special Award Benefits

The Commission organizes a comprehensive two-day orientation that includes Irish language training and cultural events.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland seeks and encourages the involvement of people from diverse backgrounds in all its grants, and is particularly welcoming of applicants from under-represented institutions and ethnicities. Fulbright Alumni cite the following bonuses in coming to Ireland: English-speaking; very welcoming; family-friendly; safe; intellectually challenging in a good way; culturally rich and diverse; and accessible. Please see the Commission’s  Coming to Ireland page and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page for more information and resources.

Ireland is a friendly, engaging and vibrant country with centuries of U.S. interaction as part of its DNA. With a highly educated workforce, competitive educational system and millennia of culture, it is a popular choice for U.S. Scholar and Student applicants. The Irish Commission is particularly welcoming of applicants from under-represented institutions, ethnicities, etc. See more here and at I am Fulbright.

Higher education in Ireland is provided by eight universities, fourteen institutes of technology, colleges of education and a number of specialist colleges in art, law, music, public administration and theology. There are also a significant number of well-funded research centres see here and culture & heritage host options.

Most Irish colleges operate on a two-semester academic year: September to December and January to May. A small number of colleges and departments retain three trimesters: October to December, January to March and April to June. Further information on higher education in Ireland can be found here.

Most higher education institutions are supported by the Irish government; for example, universities and institutes of technology receive more than 90 percent of their income from the state. The Irish government has invested 2.5 billion euro establishing advanced centers of research, and world-class research facilities and programs that are an attractive destination for international exchange visitors.

The Commission annually offers Irish institutions an opportunity to contribute to the Fulbright Program through cost-sharing; these arrangements allow the Commission to increase the number of awards available and to maximize institutional involvement in the Program.

For academic year 2023-24, the Commission is partnering with eight Irish institutions who have agreed, in advance, to cost-share awards for U.S. scholars. In addition to the “All Disciplines” awards supported by the Commission, U.S. scholar proposals within this category will also be considered for cost-sharing by Irish host institutions. 

Please contact the Senior Awards Manager at the Fulbright Commission in Dublin via email at sonya.mcguinness@fulbright.ie.

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