Round 3: Honoraria for Art Historians impacted by Covid-19, an emergency response

Since 2020, with funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and private donors, Smarthistory offered 75 $1,000 honoraria to early career art historians.

A new round

Now, thanks to support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Smarthistory is able to offer 10 additional $1,000 honoraria to emerging scholars who have suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic. 

These honoraria are available for the successful publication, on Smarthistory, of a short, accessible essay of general interest and in the scholar’s area of specialization (the topic will be determined in consultation with the editors at Smarthistory), and is open to active Ph.D. students who are ABD, as well as those who have earned a Ph.D. in art history within the past two years. Smarthistory essays are aimed at non-specialist, undergraduate learners.

Apply using the form below. You will be asked to include an up-to-date C.V., a brief writing sample, a statement of financial hardship caused directly by COVID-19 (museum furlough, loss of adjunct class sections, etc.), and a brief list of suggested essay topics in your area of expertise.

Applications are due by February 7, 2022, and we will be in touch with the successful applicants shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to every submission.

Authors will retain intellectual property rights to their work and will grant the right for Smarthistory to publish the resulting essay with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License across all of its channels including and Essays should be submitted before May 1, 2022. The acceptance of essays and the awarding of honoraria will be at the sole discretion of Smarthistory.

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