The grantmaking activities of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation are inspired by its art collections. The foundation's collection of Spanish colonial art numbers more than one hundred and thirty works from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, including paintings portraying religious themes and portraits from the Viceroyalty of Peru and its eighteenth-century division into smaller entities such as the Kingdom of Nueva Granada, as well as a small selection of portraits from the Spanish Caribbean.
The foundation offers several fellowships annually in support of projects and research initiatives that will advance the field of Spanish colonial art. Fellowships range in duration from one to two years. Pre-doctoral and postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply, as are exceptionally accomplished international scholars holding only an MA. Scholars may come from any discipline, but all projects must relate to the study of art and art history.
National and international scholars, researchers, and museum professionals should propose projects that exhibit original scholarship and/or will make a significant contribution to the understanding of Spanish American colonial art and its history. 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 colonial South America.
1) Predoctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship: A one-year grant of $45,000 will be awarded for the twelve-month duration of the research project.
2) Postdoctoral Fellowship: Grants of up to $60,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded to support applicants with PhDs conferred between 2008 and 2018.
Fellowships are portable and funds may be used in any reasonable way the applicant sees fit to accomplish the project, including travel and accommodation, photography, access fees, tuition remission, supportive staffing, scientific analysis.
Applicants must have the ability to communicate and conduct research in both Spanish and English.
See the Thoma Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.