ISLAA’s research and scholarship initiatives are central to our organization. We offer funding and support to emerging and established scholars, including access to physical and digitized materials from our Library and Archives. In-house research programs include the Scholar in Residence and Writer in Residence programs and the ISLAA Research Grant. Calls for applications, and research by ISLAA-supported scholars, are posted on our website.

ISLAA's on-site reading room operates by appointment only. To make an inquiry, please email [email protected] with the subject line "Reading Room"; a brief (250-word max) summary of your research project, specifying proposed topics of focus during your time on-site; and proposed dates for your visit.

Please note that research appointments are limited and require one month's advance notice. Thank you for your patience.

Fellowships & Grants

  • Research Grant

    Spring 2023 cycle now open!

    Graduate students conduct research globally toward MA or PhD dissertations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and/or professional conference presentations

    Grant opportunity for MA and PhD students enrolled in graduate university programs in the US and abroad to conduct novel investigations into themes, geographies, and chronologies of modern and contemporary art and visual culture from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the diaspora. The Research Grant will award grantees up to US$2,500. Grantees will be chosen by a selection committee of scholars and arts professionals.

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  • Scholar in Residence

    Program by invitation

    Leading scholars connect with international audiences by commissioning educational materials that draw from these scholars’ vast research and expertise

    By focusing on accessible, shorter-form content, ISLAA offers inviting points of entry for our community of curious and engaged arts professionals and art enthusiasts. Building on longstanding reserves of knowledge and study, Scholars in Residence develop new projects for ISLAA’s online platforms.

  • Writer in Residence

    Winter 2024 application cycle to be announced in the Fall

    Emerging scholars spend 4–5 weeks at ISLAA exploring rare books and special collections

    ISLAA’s Writer in Residence offers an intimate, object-focused approach to archival research, inviting emerging scholars from diverse backgrounds to explore our materials on postwar Latin American art.

    For the first time since the Writer in Residence program’s founding in 2018, in 2023 ISLAA is issuing an open call for proposals inviting emerging and established researchers worldwide to apply, including students, faculty, and independent scholars.

Fellows in Residence

  • Gabriel Peluffo

    Pedro Figari

  • Mónica Freyre

    Alberto Greco's Exposiciones Rodantes

  • Paola Peña

    Revista CAL

  • Claudia Grego

    Informalism in Argentina and Europe

  • Benjamin Murphy

    Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC)

Past Fellows

  • Abel González
    Jan 1–Feb 12, 2022

    Abel González is a graduate student at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

  • William Schwaller
    Jul 1–Aug 31, 2021

    William Schwaller is PhD graduate from Temple University. An essay resulting from his Writer in Residence is forthcoming.

  • Rebecca Yuste-Golob
    Jun 1–Jul 17, 2021

    Rebecca Yuste-Golob is a PhD student at Columbia University who researched the César Paternosto Papers at ISLAA. An essay resulting from her Writer in Residence is forthcoming.

  • Megan Kincaid is a PhD student at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her research on Sarah Grilo and José Antonio Fernández-Muro resulted in an exhibition at ISLAA, related exhibition programming, and an essay in ISLAA's in-house journal Vistas 6.

  • Christopher Williams-Wynn
    Jul 1–Aug 31, 2020

    Christopher Williams-Wynn is a PhD candidate in art history at Harvard University.

  • Gabriel Peluffo
    Mar 1, 2022–Aug 1, 2023

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