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The Change Lab National Research Fellowships aim to produce new research, data, reporting, and suggestions to advance justice, health, and human dignity in the field of public art in the United States. Each Fellowship is based around a specific research topic, and is open to graduate students, recent college graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, artists, and public art professionals. Fellowships are 6-month long, funded positions. A $5000 stipend will be made to each Fellow in two payments - once upon contract and once upon final delivery of and acceptance of your report. 

Fellows will be thought partners informing Forecast’s work conducting research and providing recommendations that will inform public art policies and practices in the United States and Native Nations that share the same geography. Fellows will go deep into an area of critical importance, and utilize the findings to collectively develop a national public art policy platform that is rooted in justice, health and human dignity for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.

Fellows will work from their home base and can be located anywhere. A working knowledge of public art and some experience with research in the designated topic area will be important. Research Fellows will have access to Forecast staff and our published resources. The application for our Research Fellowship focused on Indigenous Visibility in public art is open now. The application deadline is October 28, 2021.
Fellows will be required to:

  • Commit to 200 hours over a 6 month period from their home base conducting in-depth research, analysis, and synthesis, and making suggestions on public art policies, programs, and practices as related to the research topic.    
    • Research can take many forms, including interviews, focus groups, listening sessions, and formal surveys, to name a few
    • Attend regular virtual meetings with the Director of Programming [and other members of the organization as needed]
  • Complete administrative tasks relating to the selected research topic
  • Submit a print-ready report on research findings and recommendations 6 months after contract initiation [an example will be provided]
  • Agree that research will be published, fully accredited by Forecast
  • Share research and findings to a wide audience of constituents


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