Applications for Fall 2015 Downing Grants Due Friday, October 2

Sainte-Chapelle-InteriorThe Department of History of Art is pleased to announce grants for travel to exhibitions and research centers to supplement academic instruction for students in the History of Art department at Vanderbilt in the Honors Program, in senior seminars (HART 4960), or in “W” (writing) courses. These Downing Grants, which provide assistance for up to $1,500 in travel costs, are awarded in the fall and spring of each academic year.

Applications for the fall 2015 Downing grants are due on Friday, October 2, and should be addressed to the Downing Grants Committee, c/o Professor Elizabeth Moodey and submitted by email. Please email them to Professor Moodey (

The application should consist of a detailed proposal of one page explaining the purpose and rationale of the proposed travel; projected costs (accommodation, travel expenses, and research costs—–note that food is not included); and a supporting letter by the instructor in charge of the project.

Past Downing Grants have supported research on projects ranging from an 18th-century “folly” in Ireland, to a Marcel Duchamp installation in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon in the British Museum, to a Gothic reliquary in the Louvre.

*Stained glass interior of the upper chapel, Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, 1243-1248

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