Mellon Fellowship

Collections Research

Clarence John Laughlin (American, 1905–1985), The Masks Grow to Us, 1947, gelatin silver print, purchase with funds from Robert Yellowlees, 2015.40.

The High Museum of Art, Emory University’s art history department, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are proud to offer the Mellon Object-Centered Curatorial Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2012, the program offers Emory art history doctoral candidates the opportunity to pursue object-based curatorial study under the direction of a collaborative team of curators, scholars, and conservators from the partnering institutions. Each year, up to three students are selected to receive a one-year fellowship plus a full stipend for research and travel in the United States and abroad. Each student is assigned a curatorial mentor to oversee an object-based research project in collaboration with a corresponding faculty adviser. The fellowship culminates with a scholarly paper on the primary object, which is published as part of a digital publication series.