Changing the Narrative for the Twenty-first Century

Our submissions deadline for the Art Canada Institute’s Redefining Canadian Art History Fellowship Program has now passed. Thank you to everyone who applied and expressed interest. If you are interested in applying in autumn 2022, please review the information below and contact to be notified when applications re-open.

The Art Canada Institute welcomes applicants with significant experience in the study of art and from a wide range of backgrounds and lived experiences. Applicants may be enrolled in a graduate studies program for a terminal degree (in art history, history, museum studies, sociology, or another field connected to their proposed topic) or have completed a graduate program within the previous six years.


Alternatively, or additionally, applicants might have substantial experience (in lieu of academic qualifications) with curatorial research or with working with artists, artist-run centres, archives, and/or community organizations to document and preserve knowledge of artworks. Applicants must be prepared to commit substantial time to the Fellowship and must be able to demonstrate an ability to meet the deliverables of the Fellowship. Applicants must either be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada; however, they may be living outside of Canada.


The Art Canada Institute is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and especially welcomes applications from Indigenous People, Black People, People of Colour, Women, People who are Transgender, People who are Gender Non-binary or Non-conforming, Persons with Disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of the application process, applicants must submit the following elements. Joint applications from groups of two or three people are welcome.


1. Application Form

Click here to download the application form.


2. Statement of Research and Methodological approach
This 1250-word statement must identify and explain the significance of the candidate’s research focus, the importance of the source material with which they wish to work, and their proposed research methodology. This statement should consider the significance of the candidate’s research focus for the wider fields of Canadian and Indigenous art, with attention to previous research in related areas. In addition, it must demonstrate that it is feasible to complete the research within a single year. Finally, applicants must also demonstrate that they have considered all ethical questions relating to their research (if with a university, Fellows must review tri-council ethics protocol).


3. Personal Statement
This 750-word statement should outline how the candidate’s lived experiences, personal history, education, and work have prepared the candidate for the project they are proposing to undertake. Applicants should demonstrate their background in research or equivalent experiences that are relevant to the proposed field of study and identify the skills and knowledge that they bring to the project.


4. Letters of Reference
Applicants are required to submit two letters of reference with their application, from referees who have supervised the applicant in a professional or educational environment and can speak to the candidate’s expertise and ability to complete the scope of work and the potential impact of the project, both for the candidate and the field.


5. Supporting Material
Applicants are invited to submit one additional piece of supporting material, which may take the form of a writing sample showcasing the applicant’s critical voice, a video personal statement, or other submission as appropriate to the research project.


Application Assessment Process

Applications will be assessed by members of ACI staff and the ACI Fellowship Advisory Committee according to the following criteria: the applicant’s research ability and relevant experience, and the potential impact of the proposed project for both the applicant and for the field of study.



Banner image: Naoko Matsubara, Moon Messengers, 1965, woodcut on paper, 22.86 × 45.72 cm, Carnegie Museum of Art (89.28.1007.1) © Naoko Matsubara. 

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