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Vera List Center Fellowships

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
for Creative Research Projects in Eligible Subject Areas

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Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School

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Fellowships of $15,000 to USA, Canada, and International scholars, journalists, artists, and intellectuals for research and creative projects in eligible subject areas. Fellows participate in a two-year program where they benefit from professional development activities, research and travel assistance, and production and curatorial support for art and research projects that address the intersection of art and politics.

Non-residential research fellowships will be awarded to support scholarly and creative work. Fellowships support the development and presentation of outstanding projects by international, emerging artists, writers, scholars, and activists. that critically engages with the Vera List Center’s 2020-2022 biennial focus theme As for Protocols. Fellows receive a financial stipend, a graduate student research assistant, travel assistance, curatorial and financial production support and the opportunity to present the fellowship project to the public.

The Vera List Center Fellowships support individuals whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. The appointments provide the opportunity to research and develop a project drawing from the curatorial, academic, and professional resources of the Vera List Center and The New School, and to bring the research and resulting work to the public through the Vera List Center’s interdisciplinary public programs and organizational networks.

For the 2020-2022 cycle, the Center is interested in projects that creatively and rigorously approach the biennial theme, in content and form, making an intellectual and artistic contribution that advances understanding of how protocols enact and materialize in language, networks, and power.

The Vera List Center will appoint a total of three research fellows for the 2020-2022 cycle, including the inaugural Boris Lurie Fellow, the first named artist fellowship at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The Boris Lurie Fellowship is reserved for an artist living outside the U.S. with special consideration given to those who have faced political hardship. The Boris Lurie Fellow will have the opportunity to visit the Boris Lurie Art Foundation and Archive in New Jersey to formulate their own understanding of how Lurie’s legacy might continue in contemporary art practices.

Each research fellowship is highly individualized, depending on the project and its intended outcomes. Fellows have access to a wide range of activities throughout The New School and enjoy extensive library privileges. Meetings and informal gatherings with New School faculty, past Fellows and other constituencies are organized regularly and offer opportunities for professional development as well as social exchanges. It is not necessary to spend two years in New York: Non-New York City residents are provided with an additional travel allowance to undertake short-term residencies, to engage with the VLC’s curatorial team and take full advantage of benefits. 

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Number of Grants:

Three research fellowships will be awarded.

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Fellows receive a financial stipend of US $15,000, a graduate student research assistant, travel assistance, curatorial and financial production support and the opportunity to present the fellowship project to the public.

Term of Contract:

The Vera List Center Fellowship is part-time, and non-residential, and extends over two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Journalists, scholars, activists, visual and performing artists, critics, public intellectuals, curators, and cultural practitioners working in any field where they engage art and politics are encouraged to apply. The New School is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates across the world as well as from individuals without institutional affiliation.

The Boris Lurie Fellowship is reserved for an artist living outside the U.S. with special consideration given to those who have faced political hardship.

Pre-Application Information:


- March 15, 2020: Application deadline, followed by application review by an ad-hoc selection committee composed of members of the VLC staff and Advisory Board, past Fellows, and New School faculty.
- April-May 15: Finalists are invited to expand on their proposals and interviews
- June 15: Announcement of fellowship appointments.
- October 2020: Vera List Center Forum As for Protocols and convening of 2020-2022 Vera List Center Fellows

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Carin Kuoni, Director/Chief Curator
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Vera List Center for Art and Politics
The New School
66 West 12th Street, Room 604
New York, NY 10011

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