Thoma Foundation : 2020-21 Marilynn Thoma Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art

The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation offers Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral fellowships annually in support of projects and research initiatives that will advance the field of Spanish colonial art. Scholars may come from any discipline, but all projects must relate to the study of art and art history. Exceptionally accomplished scholars holding an MA may also apply. International scholars, particularly from Latin America, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should propose projects that exhibit original scholarship and/or will make a significant contribution to the understanding of colonial Spanish American art and its history. Projects will be considered from all of Spanish colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, however the Foundation will give strong preference to projects that make specific contributions to the history of painting and sculpture in colonial South America.

All applications that do not directly focus on South America must demonstrate how the project relates to the art history of South America. Projects that focus exclusively on decorative arts, maps or manuscripts are not eligible to apply. Award monies may not be used to fund group projects, equipment purchases, or projects that do not relate directly to the study of art history.

Projects should relate to a measurable outcome commensurate with the award amount, such as a dissertation, book manuscript, museum exhibition, essay, lecture series, article for a scholarly journal, etc.

Applicants must have the ability to communicate and conduct research in both Spanish and English. Awardees will be selected by an anonymous jury of three accomplished professionals in the field. Decisions are made on the merit of the application and compelling nature of the project, and the number of awards made in each category will vary in response to the application pool.


Deadline: October 25, 2019


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