Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for American Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

The postgraduate fellowship hosted by the Centre for American Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art is designed to facilitate original, rigorous, and exciting research that investigates art from the United States and in its international, transnational, and global contexts. Priority is given to projects that interrogate and broaden definitions of American art and are engaged in transforming or complicating how the story of American art is told. The fellowship offers a postdoctoral scholar the opportunity to pursue their own work while in residence for six months and to actively contribute to the academic programming of the Centre for American Art. The Terra Foundation fellow is able to consult local libraries and archives, including the Courtauld library, and benefit from access to events.

  • The 2023–24 Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for American Art is Dr. Helena Vilalta Conesa PhD, University College London.

Please visit the Centre for American Art website for more information.

Past Recipients


Matthew Holman, PhD, University College London.
An interdisciplinary scholar and writer, his research centres on modern and contemporary American literature and the visual arts, with particular emphasis on transnational cultural exchange, avant-garde movements, and the relationship between political organization and form.


Alice Butler, PhD, University of Manchester
An interdisciplinary scholar and art writer, she specializes in the intersections of feminist art and writing to explore questions of sickness, sexuality, and gender, via intersectional feminist and queer perspectives and experimental approaches to archive and autotheory.


Tom Day, PhD, University of Edinburgh
“The Moving-Image as Subject and Practice in American Art, 1900-Present”


Elizabeth Buhe, PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
“In Between: Transnational Painting, Collecting, and Philosophy in the 1950s”