Gary Metz Research Fellowship

Awards up to $2,500 to an individual engaged in researching and writing about photographic theory relating to the imagery and its impact on individuals and societies; and/or our relationship to images and the reasons that drive their creation. This biennial fellowship will next be offered in 2020.

Advanced scholars and researchers from any discipline are encouraged to apply. Pre-doctoral applicants must have completed coursework and preliminary examinations for the doctoral degree and must be engaged in dissertation research.
Application process: 

Please send the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae of no more than four pages
  3. 500-1,000 word statement detailing your research interests and project and how they will be advanced by study of the Center's archives and print collection

Email applications to Leslie Squyres, Archivist and Head of Reference Services.

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Selection process: 
Selection is based on the quality of the proposed research and its relationship to the Center's collections. Decisions will be announced by email on or before February 28, 2018. Residencies must be scheduled with the Volkerding Study Center staff. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be announced in the Center's publicity.
Contact information: 


  • Lauren Walden is a PhD candidate in Art History at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. Her research re-frames the photographic output of the surrealist movement through cosmopolitan political theory. One chapter will be devoted to placing Lola Alvarez Bravo as a surrealist photographer ensconced in a cosmopolitan network of worldwide artistic exchange.


This biennial fellowship will next be offered in 2020.