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Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400

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Menil Drawing Institute Scholars Program

The establishment of a Fellowship Program is a key component of the Menil Drawing Institute as it aspires to become a major research center on modern and contemporary drawing. The program will foster the highest level of scholarship and make possible rich, interdisciplinary, object-based conversations on the drawing medium’s history, theory, criticism, and practice.

Fellowship Benefits

  • The Fellows at the Drawing Institute will receive a generous stipend to cover living and other expenses incurred during the Fellowship.

  • Each fellow will be housed in a fully-furnished apartment within a recently-refurbished historic bungalow on the Menil campus.

  • Fellows will be assigned an office at the Menil Drawing Institute to use for the duration of the fellowship.

  • Fellows will have access to the collections, archives, and staff at the Menil; and to libraries throughout Houston, including the Menil’s library.

Menil Drawing Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from American and international researchers who work in fields pertaining to modern and contemporary drawing practices. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree and completed their graduate coursework and passed any required pre-doctoral exams (“orals”) before the term of the fellowship begins. Applicants with approved dissertation topics are preferred.

Terms of Appointment

  • The Menil Drawing Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellowship is 9 months in length, and spans the academic calendar, lasting from September to June.

  • The Fellow will receive a stipend of $3,000 per month to cover living and other expenses incurred during the Fellowship.

  • The Fellow will be housed in a fully-furnished apartment within a recently-refurbished historic bungalow on the Menil campus.

  • The Fellow will be assigned an office at the Menil Drawing Institute to use for the duration of the fellowship.

  • The Fellow will have access to the collections, archives, and staff at the Menil; and to libraries throughout Houston, including the Menil’s library, Fondren Library at Rice University, the Libraries of the University of Houston, and the Hirsch Library at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In addition, they will be able to request references via Inter-Library Loan via the Menil Library.

  • The Fellow is expected to reside in Houston for the duration of the fellowship and to participate in the cultural and intellectual life of the Menil. They will typically make a presentation on their research to Menil staff and invited guests, and will also give a public talk.

Application Process

Applicants for the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship are required to provide a project proposal (not to exceed 1,000 words), a tentative schedule of work to be achieved during the fellowship period, a curriculum vitae, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application is complete and has been received by the museum.

All application materials, including academic transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be sent via email to mdi@menil.org and received by December 11, 2019.

All applicants will be notified of the Menil’s decision by late January 2020.

Menil Drawing Institute Research Fellowship

Offered by invitation, the Menil Drawing Institute Research Fellowship is intended for scholars, conservators, artists, choreographers, writers, or others whose practice pertains to modern and contemporary drawing. Invitees will have a proven track record in their fields and a specific project to propose. That project should ideally connect with the drawing collection and/or with exhibition and research projects at the Menil Collection.

Terms of Appointment

  • The Menil Drawing Institute Research Fellowship is offered for periods from 3 months to 9 months (with the occasional possibility of staying for shorter duration of 1 or 2 months), between September to June.

  • The Fellow will receive a generous stipend of up to $5,000 per month to cover living and other expenses incurred during the Fellowship.

  • She or he will be housed in a fully-furnished apartment within a recently-refurbished historic bungalow on the Menil campus.

  • The Fellow will be assigned an office at the Menil Drawing Institute to use for the duration of the fellowship.

  • The Fellow will have access to the collections, archives, and staff at the Menil; and to libraries throughout Houston, including the Menil’s library, Fondren Library at Rice University, the Libraries of the University of Houston, and the Hirsch Library at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In addition, they will be able to request references via Inter-Library Loan via the Menil Library.

  • The Fellow is expected to reside in Houston for the duration of the fellowship and to participate in the cultural and intellectual life of the Menil. They will typically make a presentation on their research to Menil staff and invited guests, and will also give a public talk.

Funding

The Menil Drawing Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellow will receive a stipend of $27,000 to cover living and other expenses incurred during the Fellowship. This stipend will be paid during the course of the fellowship in monthly increments of $3,000. Fellows are not considered employees of the Menil and will not be eligible to participate in the Menil Foundation’s Employee Benefits Plan. The Menil will not make any payroll deductions or withholdings. Fellows are responsible for all taxes associated with the stipend.

The Menil Drawing Institute Research Fellow will receive a stipend to cover living and other expenses incurred during the Fellowship. This stipend will be paid during the course of the fellowship in monthly increments of up to $5,000. Fellows are not considered employees of the Menil and will not be eligible to participate in the Menil Foundation’s Employee Benefits Plan. The Menil will not make any payroll deductions or withholdings. Fellows are responsible for all taxes associated with the stipend.

Visas

Foreign Fellows must be in good standing with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and have authorization (a J-1 visa) that permits them to conduct the activities for which they have been designated a Menil Drawing Institute Fellow. When possible, the Menil will assist fellows in acquiring the documents required to start that authorization process.

Visa applications will be handled by the Director of Human Resources. Fellows may need to consult with immigration lawyers, a cost not assumed by the Menil without written approval.

Contact

Enquiries about the Menil Drawing Institute Fellowship Program should be addressed to mdi@menil.org.