New Acquisitions Research Program

The Yale Center for British Art is pleased to present a new research opportunity for Yale History of Art graduate students that aims to develop skills in object-based research and writing and in public speaking.

The YCBA has an active acquisitions program that spans five centuries and encompasses multiple mediums, from sixteenth-century portraits to twentieth-century photographs and recent works of contemporary art.

Working under the guidance of Sarah Mead Leonard, Postdoctoral Associate in Research at the YCBA, interested graduate students will be invited to conduct research on a recent acquisition of their choosing and to write a short essay on their findings. The essay will be featured on the YCBA website and added to the object’s online catalog entry. Participants will also present their findings to YCBA staff members.

This program is open to applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $500. To apply, please send a short CV and writing sample to

For inquiries about the program, please contact Sarah Mead Leonard at