Wolfsonian Fellowship Program

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The Wolfsonian–Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1851–1950. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.

The Wolfsonian has propaganda in a wide variety of media from the two World Wars, including items from most of the major protagonist countries (the chief exceptions being the Russian and Ottoman Empires in the First World War, and the Soviet Union and China in the Second World War). Unusual groups of items among the Second World War propaganda include posters produced by pro-German authorities in the Netherlands and Yugoslavia; posters and other printed ephemera produced by the Italian Social Republic; posters from immediate postwar Czechoslovakia; and a variety of Petainist material from France. The Wolfsonian also has a considerable amount of war (and other) propaganda aimed at children, especially in the form of illustrated books, but also including games. Besides the World Wars, The Wolfsonian’s collection also includes posters, books, pamphlets, and periodicals from both sides in the Spanish Civil War, as well as material about the Spanish-American War, the Russo-Japanese War, and the Italian conquest of Ethiopia.

Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders ofmaster’s or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the Wolfsonian’s collection. For more information, visit https://www.wolfsonian.org/research/fellowships or email to research@thewolf.fiu.edu.

The application deadline is December 31, for residency during the 2022–23 academic year.