Stanford University Arts Research Fellowships: “Creative Cities”


The Stanford Arts Institute, invites applications for one-year visiting fellowships. Fellows are expected to conduct interdisciplinary research on the theme “Creative Cities.” Each Fellow will be affiliated with the Stanford Arts Institute, as well as with a relevant department or program at Stanford.


The Stanford Arts Institute, under the leadership of Peggy Phelan, the Denning Family Director of SAI and Professor of English and Theater and Performance Studies, offers interdisciplinary arts curricula and research programs, drawing on the wide-ranging intellectual resources of Stanford University.


2017-18 Fellowship Theme: “Creative Cities: The Role of Art in Reimagining Cities”

Across the globe, in cities small and large, from Beijing to Mexico City to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, city histories have been reconsidered (and are being rebuilt) with art as a central lens. This fellowship seeks candidates with a strong record of scholarly research and/or creative work on the intersection of art and urban centers. We are interested in candidates who can reach across disciplines (such as economics, geography, public policy, urban design) as well as artistic media.


Eligibility and Requirements

Fellowships are for one full academic year, and require the fellow to be in residence at Stanford during Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters (mid-September 2017 through mid-June 2018). Candidates will normally have an MFA or interdisciplinary PhD in the arts. Independent artists and scholars must demonstrate artistic or scholarly achievement equivalent to a relevant terminal degree. Fellows will be expected to teach one undergraduate course and contribute to University-wide working groups, seminars, and public discussions. Fellows will also have the opportunity to present their work in events open to the public.


There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.



Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $60,000 plus benefits



How to Apply


All materials must be submitted by 11:59pm (PST) on January 10,2017.

Applicants should submit the following through Slideroom

  • Cover letter describing the goals and achievements of your work to date (not to exceed three pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Written work sample (not to exceed forty pages)
  • Fellowship Proposal detailing the research that the fellow would undertake while at Stanford, including a course description for an undergraduate seminar (five page limit). Research projects may include a creative practice component.
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation


Fellows will be chosen by a multidisciplinary selection committee on the basis of the promise of the proposed project, the originality and distinction of the candidate’s previous work, and the candidate’s perceived ability to contribute to the intellectual and artistic life of campus.


For more information:


Stanford Arts Institute

Stanford University

365 Lasuen Street, Second Floor

Stanford, CA 94305-5010


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. It welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.