FACE Foundation > Beauford Delaney Grant for Art Historians


The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, in partnership with FACE Foundation, and with support from the Ford Foundation, is proud to announce the new Beauford Delaney Research Grant, which funds travel and other expenses related to research projects on African American Art undertaken by France-based academics and scholars.

The new programme is inscribed within the partner institutions’ broader initiative to promote African American artists in France, and its goal is to explore, and lead to a better understanding of, the practices of artists whose work has been historically underrepresented in art history, as well as to highlight these artists’ individuality and their relationship with the complex global art historical landscape.

The research projects can focus on any African American artists who are living/lived in the 19th to 21st centuries and should consider the artists in the context of the global artistic and cultural practices of the time, taking into account transnational circulation, transfer and contact zones.

In 2021, the grant will be awarded to an applicant who meets the following criteria: art historians of any nationality working in France, independent or affiliated with institutions (universities, museums, schools of art, etc.), holding a doctorate or an equivalent professional experience, excluding United States citizens who have completed their studies in the US.

The laureate will receive 20,000 USD in funding to be used over the 12 months following the announcement of the winner.

During this time, the researcher will travel to relevant sites to explore archival collections, study documents and artworks, and potentially meet living artists, curators, art historians and collectors, etc. based in the US and, if relevant, elsewhere in the world.

She/he will deliver, either at the end of the year or during the year, a report of her/his findings (e.g. an article, chapter, exhibition, book, or doctoral thesis) and present her/his project and findings upon request by the institutions offering this grant (in the form of a conference, talk, interview, etc.) Events related to the grantees’ projects will take place at the INHA and/or will be hosted by other partner institutions.

Deadline: 14 May 2021

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