The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation offers predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships annually in support of projects and research initiatives that will advance study of the art of the Spanish Americas. The Marilynn Thoma Fellowship is the only unrestricted research funding in the United States devoted exclusively to the field of art of the Spanish Americas. Scholars may come from any discipline, but all projects must relate to the study of art and art history. Exceptionally accomplished scholars holding an MA may also apply. International scholars, particularly from Latin America, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should propose projects that exhibit original scholarship and/or will make a significant contribution to the understanding of the art of the Spanish Americas and its history. Fellowships range in duration from one to two years and eventuate in major measurable outcomes, including museum exhibitions, dissertations, book publications, scholarly essays, and lecture series. Projects will be considered from all of Spanish colonial Latin America and the Caribbean; however, the Foundation will give strong preference to projects that make specific contributions to the history of painting and sculpture in viceregal South America.

Predoctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship: $45,000 (one-year award)

Postdoctoral Fellowship*: $60,000/year (one- to two-year award; indicate project length in application). Applicants should hold a PhD conferred between 2012 and 2022.


  • Applicants for all awards must be able to communicate and conduct research in both English and Spanish
  • Applicants for all awards must propose a project that focuses on the Art of the Spanish Americas, particularly with reference to painting or sculpture. Projects that focus exclusively on decorative arts, manuscripts, or maps will not be considered.

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