National Gallery of Canada Research Fellowship in Photography

 Deadline Date: June 09, 2024

 Donor Name: National Gallery of Canada

 Grant Size: $10,000 to $100,000

The National Gallery of Canada’s Research Fellowship in Photography welcomes researchers from all cultural and educational backgrounds who are passionate about exploring, researching, and questioning photography’s history and current role in contemporary life.

The Research Fellowship in Photography encourages and supports an interdisciplinary approach to photography and lens-based culture in general. It welcomes critical analysis of the diverse photograph collections housed at the National Gallery of Canada, especially with respect to the role of images in colonization, diaspora, nationalism and globalization. They value Indigenous perspectives into photography’s role in decolonization in addition to applications that explore the medium’s capacity to engage with diversity and changing notions of identity, sexuality, and gender. As well, they encourage research into and critique of the cultural and museological processes that support photography, in both its material and virtual form, and how these could be reconsidered, especially in terms of collection and display.

Funding Information

  • Fellowships of the National Gallery of Canada are tenable only at the National Gallery of Canada. Each award is limited to a maximum of $15,000, including expenses and/or a stipend. The term will be up for up to three months of full-time residency, within the period 1 September 2024 to 31 August 2025.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Fellowship is open to photog­raphy historians, curators, critics, conservators, artists, graduate students and independent and other professionals working in the visual arts or in museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and is open to international applicants.
  • Applications are invited from all qualified candidates, including Indigenous peoples, women, people of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, racialized people, and people with disabilities.
  • All applications, in English or French, for the National Gallery of Canada Research Fellowship in Photography. 

Assessment Criteria

  • The review committee, comprised of National Gallery of Canada staff and external jurors, will examine research proposals with the following considerations in mind:
    • The significance, originality, goals, potential contributions and feasibility of the proposal;
    • The need for and the benefit to be derived from enhanced access to the collections of the Gallery and other Ottawa institutions, and, the relevance to the research community of the planned work. Priority will be given to projects that intend to reach a public audience physically, in print or digitally.

For more information, visit National Gallery of Canada.

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