Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Announces Open Call for Archives Research Residency

Visual Arts

pleased to announce the open call for applications to the fourth annual Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives Research Residency, a one to three-week research intensive at the Rauschenberg Foundation and its Archives located in New York City. The program provides partial support for costs related to accommodations, travel and living expenses that scholars may incur.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives, consisting of Robert Rauschenberg’s personal papers and the records from his Florida and New York studios, is the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career. In addition, the archives hold unique materials on arts organizations, art movements, and collaborations in which Rauschenberg was involved.

Scholars, academics, artists, as well as non-traditional researchers are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a compelling need to use the archival material onsite at the Foundation

  • Not have received a grant or other funding from the Foundation in the past 3 years

  • Be at the graduate level and above.

All individuals eligible to travel in the United States are invited to apply. Priority will be given to independent researchers or those affiliated with institutions with limited resources. Present and former staff and consultants are ineligible. Ineligible individuals or those not selected are welcome to request research appointments independently.

Eligible travel dates are between April 4 – December 13, 2024. Please note, this residency does not include housing.

Applications opened on October 2, 2023 and will be open until the November 10, 2024 deadline. More information, including eligible projects, selection criteria, stipend amounts, and how to apply, can be found in on our website.


Partial support for travel, housing, and living expenses that may incur in order to do one- to three-week research intensives at the Rauschenberg Foundation and its Archives in New York City

Individuals who can demonstrate a compelling need to use the archival materials housed onsite at the Rauschenberg Foundation

April 4 – December 13, 2024

Range from $4,000 – $7,000 depending on travel distance

November 10, 2023 – Please note, the foundation is not able to grant extensions or accept late submissions

February 2024

About The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation 

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation builds on the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) who believed strongly that creative practitioners could serve as catalysts for social change. He shared his appreciation for chance and the everyday by seeking to act in the “gap” between art and life. He was also a gifted collaborator, breaking disciplinary boundaries by experimenting with scientists, performers, and visual artists. As such, we celebrate new and even untested ways of thinking and acting.
The Foundation also maintains residencies for artists and scholars in Captiva, Florida and in its New York archives. Additionally, it promotes in-depth research and partnerships for staff, curators, critics, scholars, and graduate students that open the artist’s life and work to wider interpretation and understanding. Production of a digital catalogue raisonné began recently and information on the earliest works will be launched in celebration of the artist’s 100th birthday in 2025. The staff also supports exhibitions, publications, and special projects across the globe that reflect Rauschenberg’s joyful, responsive, and irreverent approach to making art while living an empathetic and meaningful life.

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