The National Gallery of Canada’s Research Fellowship in Photography

The National Gallery of Canada’s Research Fellowship in Photography welcomes researchers from all cultural and educational backgrounds who are passionate about exploring, researching, and questioning photography’s history and current role in contemporary life.

The Research Fellowship in Photography encourages and supports an interdisciplinary approach to photography and lens-based culture in general. It welcomes critical analysis of the diverse photograph collections housed at the National Gallery of Canada, especially with respect to the role of images in colonization, diaspora, nationalism and globalization. We value Indigenous perspectives into photography’s role in decolonization in addition to applications that explore the medium’s capacity to engage with diversity and changing notions of identity, sexuality, and gender. As well, we encourage research into and critique of the cultural and museological processes that support photography, in both its material and virtual form, and how these could be reconsidered, especially in terms of collection and display.



The Fellowship is open to photog­raphy historians, curators, critics, conservators, artists, 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.


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 will be up for up to three months of full-time residency, within the period 1 September 2024 to 31 August 2025.


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.

Applications are invited from all qualified candidates, including Indigenous peoples, women, people of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, racialized people, and people with disabilities.

The Gallery is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environment.

All applications, in English or French, for the National Gallery of Canada Research Fellowship in Photography should be sent via email in PDF format to:

Amy Rose
Senior Manager, Library, Archives and Research Fellowship Program

The deadline for applications is June 9, 2024. 

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