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Harold Jones and Frances Murray Research Fellowship

Awards up to $2,500 to encourage research by curators, historians, social scientists, writers, artists, and critics, on photographers whose archives are at the Center.

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: 
  1. Complete the application form. Applications are now closed for the 2020 cycle. Please check back in Fall 2020 for new application form.
  2. Include a 500-1,000 word statement detailing your research interests and project, and how they will be advanced by study of the Center's archives, library, and print collection
  3. Attach a Curriculum Vitae of no more than four pages

Please email Alexis Peregoy, Associate Archivist, with any questions. 

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Selection process: 
Applications are currently closed. Please check back in 2021 for details regarding the next fellowship award cycle. 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 March 15, 2020. 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: 


  • Adam Jolles, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Art History, Florida State University and Josh Ellenbogen, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, the University of Pittsburgh, are conducting research for a book about the institutional history of photography since WWII.


  • Alana Wolf Johnson is a PhD candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her dissertation is titled, “Sensational Atlases of New York City: Mapping Perception between the Wars.” Her research at CCP will focus on her chapter, “Mediating the Metropolis: Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s Manhatta and how the rhythmic organization of Manhatta is anything but accidental.