Crystal Bridges and Tyson Scholars Program Accepting Graduate Applicants

Call for Applications, 2024–2025

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The Tyson Scholars of American Art program supports interdisciplinary scholarship that seeks to expand the boundaries and traditional categories of investigation into American art from any time period. Since its inception in 2012 through a $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc., the Tyson Scholars Program has supported the work of 67 scholars, attracting academic professionals in a variety of disciplines nationally and internationally.

Crystal Bridges and the Tyson Scholars Program invite PhD candidates (or equivalent), post-doctoral researchers, and senior scholars from any field who are researching American art to apply. Scholars may be focused on visual art, architecture, craft, visual and material culture, performance art, or new media. We also invite applications from scholars approaching US art transregionally and looking at the broader geographical context of the Americas, especially Latinx and Indigenous art.

Fellowships are residential and support full-time writing and research for terms that range from six weeks to nine months. While in residence, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library and archives at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Stipends vary depending on the duration of residency; position as senior scholar, post-doctoral scholar, or PhD candidate; and range from $34,000 to $17,000 per semester, plus provided housing. The residency includes $1,500 for relocation expenses and additional research funds upon application. Scholars are provided workspace in the curatorial wing of the Crystal Bridges Library. The workspace is an enclosed area shared with other Tyson Scholars. Housing is provided in a fully furnished, shared four-bedroom, four-bathroom house within walking distance of the museum. Each scholar will have their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom with shared living room and kitchen.

What’s New in the 2024–2025 Program?

$10,000 programming grant

  • In the spirit of furthering the public impacts of academic research, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a competitive supplemental programming grant up to $10,000 to pay for the program. With the assistance of Crystal Bridges and University staff, the recipient will realize the proposed program, hosted by Crystal Bridges, during or following the fellowship term. Scholars seeking to mobilize art historical research in new ways, or to connect their research to the community, can make a pitch to use these funds. Think creatively! Who are the speakers you would like to engage? Is this a public program, podcast, community initiative?

Publication Prize

  • By applying for the fellowship, applicants will automatically be considered for the Tyson Prize in American Art. The prize includes a $15,000 cash award, a publication agreement with the University of Arkansas Press, significant support for image costs and image rights acquisition, and a manuscript review including two experts of the author’s choice organized by the University of Arkansas Art History program.

Questions about the program or application process can be directed to