Independent Curators International (ICI) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Curatorial Research Fellowships.


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 mentorship specific to their research interests, as well as 10,000 USD in financial support. They will have access to ICI’s international networks of collaborators and programs to create opportunities for continued learning.


Fellows may be based anywhere as mentorship sessions will be held virtually. The fellowship period is eight months, between March and October 2024.


In 2024, ICI will accept Fellows as a part of four Fellowship opportunities:

–Curatorial Research Fellowship for curators of African descent based anywhere in the world.

–Curatorial Research Fellowship for BIPOC curators based in the U.S.

–Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellowship for Indigenous curators in the U.S.

–Mississippi River Basin Curatorial Research Fellowship for curators focusing on curatorial and artistic practices and alternative histories of the region defined by the Mississippi River.


Eligibility: Minimum 5 years of experience working with contemporary artists. Open to curators working independently or with institutional affiliations. Candidates may apply to multiple fellowships.


Applications: Applications should be submitted via ICI’s application portal by January 15, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. To complete your application, please submit:


​–One-sentence proposal summary (40 words max).

–Description of proposed curatorial research, goals, and process, including the next three steps you plan to take to develop your research project (400 words max).

–Description of resources needed and/or travel plans (100 words max).

–Description of any mentorship needs to support the development of your project (100 words max).

–Preliminary list of artists, curators, writers, etc. relevant to the project (70 words max).

–Description of the relevance of the project to the field (100 words max).

–Description of how the Fellowship will impact the applicant’s practice (100 words max).

–Bio demonstrating relevant experience (250 words max).


Applications may be submitted in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese, but a working knowledge of English is necessary for participation in the Fellowships, which are conducted in English.

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