The Center for the History of Collecting encourages and supports the awareness and study of the formation of fine and decorative arts collections in the United States from Colonial times to the present, as well as in Europe from the Renaissance onward, while asserting the relevance of this subject to art and cultural history.
The Center offers short-term Junior fellowships (8–10 weeks) for graduate and pre-doctoral students and Senior fellowships (8–10 weeks) for post-doctoral and senior scholars. In addition the Center offers long-term (4–5 months) Leon Levy Fellowships for senior scholars. In all cases preference is given to researchers whose projects are particularly appropriate to the resources available in the Frick Art Reference Library.
Fellowship proposals may address wide-ranging aspects of the history of collecting, and may focus on individual collectors, dealers, developments or trends in the art market.