Explore and immerse yourself in holistic and intimate inquiry in a wide range of disciplines. As an interdisciplinary center for collections-based scholarship and conservation, Winterthur offers researchers unparalleled access to a wealth of museum, garden, and library collections supporting material culture research. We enthusiastically welcome researchers from underrepresented communities including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color as well as scholars who bring critical perspectives to collections research.

Academic, independent, and museum scholars as well as advanced graduate students are invited to apply for short-term (two- to six-week) and long-term (four- to eight-month) residential, remote, and hybrid research fellowships. We welcome new and critical approaches to a broad range of scholarly topics, including: material culture studies, social and cultural history, social justice, museum practice, art history, literary studies, American studies, design history, the decorative arts, landscape architecture and design, consumer culture, and conservation studies covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries. We also support fellowships designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturalists, craftspeople, and other creative professionals who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works for general, non-academic audiences.

See Fellowships Available. All applicants are strongly encouraged to search WinterCat and our online Museum Collection, visit Winterthur, and contact Catharine Dann Roeber to discuss potential research projects. The suitability of a project to Winterthur’s collections is the primary consideration of the fellowship award committee. We will begin accepting 2022-2023 applications November 1, 2021.

In other words, what do you hope to do and how can Winterthur’s resources help you achieve your goals?! Your creativity and imagination are welcomed.

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Winterthur Fellowships in the COVID-19 Era

The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance. Winterthur is closely following the guidelines from local, state, and federal authorities to comply with best public health practices to safely welcome researchers. See Winterthur’s COVID-19 response. Our Fellowship Program continues this cycle by offering residential, remote, and hybrid options. Please see Fellowships Available for more details.

All images courtesy of Rob Finn, artist and Winterthur Maker-Creator Fellow, who studied the grounds of the Winterthur estate and produced dozens of watercolor tree portraits. For full watercolor views, visit Trees of Winterthur.