Call for applications

ICI’s Curatorial Research Fellowships 2023

Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, United States
Deadline: 15 January 2023

Participants in the 2015 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans on a site visit. Courtesy of ICI

Participants in the 2015 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans on a site visit. Courtesy of ICI

ICI’s Curatorial Research Fellowships program reflects the organization’s commitment to the advancement of new knowledge and practices. The program supports curators’ research, travel, and the development of their professional networks, promoting experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement in the field.

Conceived to foster independent research, ICI’s Curatorial Research Fellowships offer a framework tailored to each curator’s field of critical inquiry. The fellows will receive mentorship specific to their research interests, as well as $10,000 in financial support. They will have access to ICI’s international networks of collaborators and programs to create opportunities for continued learning. Fellows may be based anywhere as mentorship sessions will be held virtually. The fellowship period is eight months, between March and October 2023.

ICI’s Curatorial Research Fellowships program was expanded in 2021 with the support of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor, to include opportunities for curators of African descent based anywhere in the world and BIPOC curators based in the U.S. Additionally, ICI offers fellowships supporting curatorial research with a focus on the Mississippi River Basin as a site of cultural production.

About the Fellowship
This Curatorial Research Fellowship is specifically intended to support curators of African descent in developing their curatorial practice. It will encourage independent research study, writing, and/or the development of a curatorial project. Fellows may be based anywhere in the world and will receive regular mentorship sessions virtually. Each fellow will receive an award of $10,000.

Applications 
Applications should be submitted via ICI’s application portal by January 15, 2023 at 11:59pm EST. To complete your application, please submit:

  • Description of proposed curatorial research, goals, and process, including the next 3 steps you plan to take to develop your research project (400 words max)
  • Description of resources needed and/or travel plans (100 words max)
  • Description of mentorship needs (100 words max)
  • Preliminary list of artists, curators, writers, etc. relevant to the project (70 words max)
  • Description of the relevance of the project to the field (100 words max)
  • Description of how the Fellowship will impact the applicant’s practice (100 words max)
  • Bio demonstrating relevant experience (250 words max)

Applications may be submitted in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese, but a working knowledge of English is necessary for participation in the Fellowships, which are conducted in English.

 

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