The Ansel Adams Fellowship at the Center for Creative Photography

Posted on October 18, 2009 by UNITED PHOTO PRESS


To support research projects and encourage the use of the collection, CCP offers several funded positions. Each year CCP awards fellowships for scholars and candidates for advanced degrees; and one internship open only to University of Arizona graduate students. Named for CCP founding photographer Ansel Adams, these positions described below often result in new books, dissertations, and exhibition research based on CCP collections. Other opportunities for the public to access the collection include the print viewing program and the Research Center.

The Ansel Adams Fellowship at the Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography invites proposals for the 2010 Ansel Adams Research Fellowship. This program is designed to promote and support research in the Center's photograph, archive, and library collections. Among the Center's treasures are the complete archives of more than forty major photographers including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, W. Eugene Smith, and Garry Winogrand. See the Collections and Archives pages for additional information.

Our goal is to promote new knowledge about photography, photographic history, and photographic theory. Through the Center's support of scholars, training of students, and dissemination of new scholarship, the Center for Creative Photography works to ensure the growth of photographic history as a discrete field in intellectual history. Fellowship applications are evaluated within this context.

Ansel Adams Research Fellowships are awarded for projects that require an extended period of research in the collections of the Center. Awards in amounts up to $5000 will support two to four weeks of study at the Center. Multiple awards may be given depending on the applications received. Scholars at any point in their careers and from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

Application process: Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a brief statement detailing the candidate's research interests. Attention will be given to the candidate's statement concerning the value of the Center's holdings in investigating those interests.
 Applications should be sent to:
Amy Rule, Head of Research, Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721-0103. Via fax: 520-621-9444, or by email to

Applications must be postmarked or sent via fax or email by October 30, 2009. The Ansel Adams Research Fellows are announced by the end of December and residencies may begin in January 2010. Scheduling the residencies must be done with the approval of Center staff.

The Ansel Adams Internship at the Center for Creative Photography

Each academic year since 1987 the Center has offered a paid internship to qualified University of Arizona graduate students. This opportunity allows students to experience a wide variety of museum and archive activities and to gain experience working under the supervision of Center staff. Depending on student interest and current Center needs an internship is designed each year for a specific project. Past interns have been assigned to work with Center staff in the curatorial, education, archives, and digital scanning areas.

Open only to full-time University of Arizona graduate students with at least a 3.5 GPA (Board of Regents requirement). Students may be pursuing graduate degrees in any discipline, but must have evidenced sufficient interest in the fields of photography, art history, art education, archives, or museum studies to indicate that an internship at the Center would support their educational goals.

Application process

  • Submit a letter of interest indicating educational background, relevant personal accomplishments, and educational and professional goals. The most important component of this letter is a clear statement of the effect an internship would have on achievement of the candidate's goals.

  • Submit a letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member in the applicant's college.

  • Submit a copy of the most current University of Arizona grade transcript.

  • Applications must be postmarked April 16, 2010, or be hand delivered to the Administrative Offices, Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721-0103.

  • Notification of the internship for 2010/2011 will be made by May 16, 2010.

Selection process

Choice of the 2010/2011 intern will be made by a committee composed of the Center's director and other staff. An interview may be required. Please be sure to include current local contact information including email address and telephone number.


The intern must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student during the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters at the University of Arizona. In order to take full advantage of the internship, the intern will be expected to spend approximately 15 hours per week on site. Work schedules are flexible with the approval of the sponsoring Center staff member.


The internship award is a stipend of up to $2000 plus a tuition scholarship for the 2010/2011 academic year at the University of Arizona.

Further information

Contact Amy Rule, Head of Research, 626-2364;