ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory Sir William Dobell Visiting Chair for 2025


Each year the Centre for Art History and Art Theory in the College of Arts and Social Science may offer one position known as the Sir William Dobell Visiting Chair for the Centre for Art History and Art Theory.

The objective of the Sir William Dobell Visiting Chair scheme is to offer valuable opportunities to mid-career or senior art historians and curators while also providing ANU staff and students access to top-tier art experts, fostering potential for international research collaboration. The scheme aims to be adaptable and responsive to the latest and pressing issues in the field.

Funding for the Visiting Chair has been provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.

Applications for the 2025 Visiting Chair Fellowship close on 31/07/24.

Value and Benefits:

The Visiting Chair will be provided with:

  • AUD$15,000 (domestic-based) and AUD$18,000 (international-based) maximum allowance in costs towards economy-class travel and accommodation in Canberra;
  • Up to AU$20,000 in research-related expenses, including living costs.
  • An ANU office space with computer and printing facilities;
  • ANU Library borrowing privileges;
  • Access to ANU facilities and events.


The award is available each year to a recipient who:

  • Is a national or international Art Historian or Curator;
  • can demonstrate an international reputation as a mid-career or senior scholar in the field of art history or curatorial studies/practice;
  • has the ability to travel to, and work in Australia for a period of up to 6 months.

Selection Criteria:

Selection is based on a candidate’s ability to make an impact through innovative research in the fields of art history and curatorial studies/practice.  

Other factors may also be taken into account, including, but not limited to, publication track record (both traditional and non-traditional research outputs) and demonstrated excellence in research collaboration. 

Preference may be given to scholars and curators from underrepresented communities, particularly Australian First Nations Peoples, those who identify as Indigenous (outside of Australian territories), People of Colour, and those from the Global South. 

To ensure our vision is realized, all awards, programs, and initiatives must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and work to dismantle any barriers that prevent full participation and representation in art history, theory, and curatorial practice. 

The Centre for Art History and Art Theory reserves the right to make no award if it considers there is no applicant of sufficient merit.   


  • The duration of the Visiting Chair position is a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months. The dates must overlap with at least 4 ANU teaching weeks.
  • The Chair is expected to be based full-time at ANU for the duration of the fellowship.
  • It is the Chair’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct visa and travel insurance required for their stay.
  • The Chair is responsible for securing the approval of their institution to undertake the Fellowship. The Chair must provide a letter from their institution supporting their visit to ANU before travel is booked.
  • The fellowship must be commenced within the period nominated by the Chair, and approved by the selection committee, unless otherwise approved.
  • The Chair will be required to run a postgraduate workshop, and to provide at least two guest lectures into the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory’s program.
  • The Chair must cite ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory on any publications or ERA eligible research outputs related to research undertaken during the fellowship and provide documentation of these for data collection purposes.


Applications are open until 31 July 2024. Apply here.

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