Fellowship National Gallery of Canada

Fellowship National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada’s General Idea Fellowship encourages and supports advanced research in contemporary art.  Research will relate to any aspect of contemporary art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, artist’s books and multiples, video, installation and other media, and emphasize the use and investigation of the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, including the Art Metropole Collection, the General Idea fonds, the AA Bronson collection, and related materials in the Gallery’s collections.

About the National Gallery of Canada
Ankosé: Everything is Connected / Tout est relié
The NGC is dedicated to amplifying voices through art and extending the reach and breadth of its collection, exhibitions program, and public activities to represent all Canadians, while centring Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Ankosé—an Anishinaabemowin word that means “everything is connected”—reflects the Gallery’s mission to create dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds, and allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, one another, and our diverse histories, through the visual arts. The NGC is home to a rich contemporary Indigenous international art collection, as well as important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian and European art from the 14th to the 21st century. Founded in 1880, the NGC has played a key role in Canadian culture for more than 140 years.


The fellowship is open to art historians, curators, critics, conservators, 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.

General Idea, Self-portrait with Objects , 1981–82.


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 of each award is one calendar year beginning May 31, 2023. Exceptionally this year, the Fellowship can be carried out from September 2023 to September 2024.


Completed applications will include all of the following:

  • A statement of the aims, methodology and anticipated results of the investigation, limited to a maximum of three pages headed by a summary of the proposal;
  • A brief outline of the research materials and facilities required (e.g., bibliography of primary and secondary resources; access to National Gallery of Canada collections; access to the expertise and resources of other Ottawa area institutions; etc.);
  • The proposed dates and timetable of the residency at the Gallery;
  • An outline of projected costs, including expenses and stipend. Eligible expenses include relocation to Ottawa, subsistence during the residency, and project-related travel, supplies and services;
  • A full curriculum vitae, including education, professional employment history, awards and honours, publications, exhibitions and work-in-progress;
  • Information on other grants applied for or received, employment commitments and paid sabbatical arrangements, for the proposed period of residency;
  • One letter of recommendation, sent under separate cover by the referee to the Gallery. The letter must address the candidate’s achievements in general and the fellowship proposal in particular;
  • Examples of finished work, textual, visual, or both.

Application deadline: March 28, 2024, 11:59pm

Website link: https://www.gallery.ca/research/fellowships/general-idea-fellowship

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