In line with our commitment to contribute towards the documentation and historization of Nigerian art, the Foundation for Contemporary and Modern Visual Arts (FCMVA) calls for applications from both Nigerian and non-Nigerian emerging art historians interested in researching on Nigerian Art. The Fellowship programme will afford the recipients the workspace and support needed to develop their academic careers, to acquire professional experience and to establish links with stakeholders in the arts. Interested applicants to the programme must propose to conduct original research on an issue or field connected to the arts, to the end of producing at least a publication or academic writing worthy of being published in an academic journal. Successful applicants will be will benefit from the provision of standard office facilities,mentorship and extended support within the local art industry.


The Fellowship is open all year round with each programme stream running approximately for three months between January 15th – April 15th, May 15th – August 15th, September 15th – December 15th; 2019.


Application are welcome from independent or corporately sponsored researchers as well as graduate students who are formally enrolled in a programme of study at a degree granting institution. Students should have completed at least one full semester of the programme or its equivalent and should be willing and able to devote 12 consecutive weeks to the programme.

Fellowship Details

Available Slots(6) Six Research Fellowships annually
Duration(3) Three months per session; (2) Two Fellows per session.
Session DatesJan. 15 – Apr. 15, May 15 – Aug. 15, Sept. 15 – Dec. 15.
FocusNigerian Art History and Documentation
LocationFCMVA Offices –Ikoyi, Lagos.
StipendN180, 000 /month. (Approximately $500 /month).
AccommodationNOT Included.
Travel ExpensesNOT Included.

Fellows will be expected to spend the bulk of their time in pursuance of the research objectives at the Foundation except when arrangements are made for periods of field work or research travel.

Applicants are expected to have a working knowledge of the English language and those candidates whose native languages are not English will be expected to possess the ability to write and converse fluently in English. All application materials must be presented in English. Other publications and academic writing arising from the fellowship are to be published in English. The FCMVA will reserve the rights to include such publication in its Online Repository. FCMVA Fellows will be responsible for the methodology and outcome of their research in close contact with Foundation personnel.

Application Requirements

The following are the required information for a successful application:

Motivation Letter

(A motivation letter highlighting interest in the Fellowship, aspects of the research to be conducted, the session applied for, and other pertinent details).

Detailed Curriculum Vitae

(Addresses, academic history, previous publications and other similar fellowships participated in within the last five years; including previous and current fellowships, grants, and/or awards).


(No more than 10 lines).

Research Proposal

(The full statement of the research you plan to undertake during the Fellowship; maximum three (3) pages or 1000 words excluding all other parts of the application, such as the abstract and bibliography but inclusive of Methodology, Justification, Deliverables, etc. Emphases on the importance of the work both in relation to the broader discipline and to your own scholarly goals. Justification for conducting your research at the FCMVA and utilization of research facilities and resources. Identification of other institutions or personnel who are crucial to the successful execution of the research. Identification of another potential co-advisor(s) and/or consultant(s) if applicable).

(Names and email addresses of two persons familiar with your work. Please, do not use FCMVA personnel. All reference letters are considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the reference. We advise you provide a copy of proposal and invitation letter to your references).


All application documents must be sent as PDF documents appropriately titled and addressed to Application closes exactly three months to the proposed Fellowship stream applied for, which should be clearly indicated in the motivation letter.