Tuesday, 24 March 2009


As the founder of the West African Museums Programme (1982-87) and Chief Curator of the National Museum of African Art (1987-97), Philip L. Ravenhill was a major creative force in the study, collection, preservation, and exhibition of African art. The Philip L. Ravenhill Fellowship is awarded to an art historian, cultural anthropologist, museum curator, or visual artist of African heritage. The Fellowship is intended to give deserving individuals the opportunity to travel, conduct research, or practice their art in North American or European museums or educational institutions. Preference is given to young or mid-career scholars or artists who have not recently had the opportunity to travel internationally. Applicants must secure the agreement of a potential host institution in advance of their application to be considered for the Ravenhill Fellowship. Such affiliation could also provide the recipient with matching funds.

Support may be requested for periods of one to three months, and applications will be funded up to US $7,500 (less applicable taxes). Successful applicants will have demonstrated accomplishment in research related to or practice of contemporary or traditional African arts.

All applicants must be citizens of an African country, although not necessarily current residents of Africa. The following materials must be included in support of the application:

1. Resumé or curriculum vitae.

2. An official letter written by the department head or administrator of the proposed host institution (museum, art school, college, or university) confirming approval of the applicant's proposed residency at that institution.

3. A description of no more than one thousand words clearly explaining the project to be undertaken and the expected outcomes (e.g. monograph, chapter, article, exhibition, catalogue).

4. Three letters of reference from professional employers, mentors, or colleagues.

5. Projected dates of travel and length of residency.

6. The name, phone number, and email address of a contact person at the proposed host institution.

7. A detailed budget including travel expenses, living expenses, and supplies.

8. For visual artists, ten to twenty digital images saved to a CD or 35mm slides of recent work (jpgs sent via email are not acceptable).

Applications should be sent to Betsy Escandor at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Box 951549, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549. All applications are due by May 15, 2009. Email applications are not acceptable.

I have uploaded a few more opportunities on the right hand side of the main blogger page.

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