Opportunity for Curatorial Research Fellowships at New York’s Independent Curators International

The Curatorial Research Fellowships include unique mentorship and financial support of USD 10,000.

Tandazani Dhlakama (Curatorial Intensive Dakar '16), currently Assistant Curator, Zeitz MOCAA, speaking to the Curatorial Intensive participants in Cape Town, November 2019. Courtesy of ICI 
Tandazani Dhlakama (Curatorial Intensive Dakar ’16), currently Assistant Curator, Zeitz MOCAA, speaking to the Curatorial Intensive participants in Cape Town, November 2019. Courtesy of ICI 

Early-to-mid career BIPOC curators based anywhere are invited to apply for Independent Curators International (ICI)’s two Curatorial Research Fellowships made possible by the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honour of the late Okwui Enwezor. The Fellowships focus on promoting experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement in the curatorial field. 

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Conceived to foster independent research, ICI’s Curatorial Research Fellowships offer a framework tailored to each curator’s field of critical inquiry. The fellows will receive financial support, mentorship specific to their research interests, and, whenever possible, the opportunity to travel. They will have access to ICI’s international networks of collaborators and programs to create opportunities for continued learning.

The Fellowship is scheduled for a period of four to six months, between May and December 2021. Fellows may be based anywhere and will receive regular mentorship sessions virtually. Each fellow will receive an award of USD 10,000.

As part of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honour of the late Okwui Enwezor, these Fellowships are available exclusively to BIPOC curators based in the US and curators of African descent based anywhere in the world. Early-to-mid-career curators (5+ years of experience working with contemporary artists), independent or with institutional affiliations, may apply.

To qualify, send an application with the following items: 

– A letter describing the proposal for curatorial research.

– The relevance of the project to the field and how the fellowship will impact the applicant’s practice (maximum 1,500 words)

– A biography (maximum 500 words). 

– Indicate your eligibility to the program using “BIPOC curator based in the US” or “curator of African descent based anywhere in the world”.

Applications are welcome in English, French, or Portuguese, but English is necessary for the program. The application deadline is Friday, April 16, 2021, at midnight EST. See further details on www.curatorsintl.org.  

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