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Program Research Fellow

Position: Program Fellow
Pay: $50,000 w/ health stipend
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Reports to: Interim Artistic Director
Location: Chicago
Begins: July 1, 2024
Ends: June 30, 2025

Our Purpose and Vision

An evolving, Black-led nonprofit organization that unapologetically celebrates Blackness, intersectionality, and exists through Black feminist practices, Threewalls fosters contemporary art practices that respond to lived experiences, encouraging connections beyond art. We center ALAANA (African descent, Latinx, Arab, Asian, and Native American) artists, creatives, and collaborative projects, especially those which are best presented outside of traditional art spaces. Through the internship, we seek to offer a vibrant experiential opportunity for those interested in working within a progressive, thoughtfully inclusive environment.

About the Role

The Program Fellow offers direct support to the Co-Directors of Programs. The Program Fellow supports research and program assessment, specifically through the RADLoW Fellowship. With this understanding, the Program Fellow will nurture aspects of programming that center research, data analysis and artistic development.

Specifically, the Program Fellow will aid in implementing and assessing the RaD Lab+Outside the Walls (RADLOW) Fellowship to make sure it exemplifies excellence, meets objectives, and responds to artists’ needs. The Program Fellow will engage in data collection, analysis and interpretation as part of a larger program assessment initiative. As part of this task, the Fellow will serve as a thought partner as the organization looks forward the next few years of the program in partnership with Surdna Foundation.

The Program Fellow will also work alongside the full team to support general event planning and administrative duties as needed. Living in Chicago is required for the position, and there is a modest relocation fee available. The position is exempt status and temporary. A health stipend and paid vacation are included with the salary.

The Value You Bring

  • Dedication to a Black feminist ethic and commitment to racial justice.
  • Effective, timely, open and transparent communication skills
  • Exercise sound judgement in a close team environment
  • Self-motivated, strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Clearly articulated investment in an arts ecosystem that holistically cares for and reminds artists of their power.
  • Demonstrate different ways of care and being, including empathy, that can contribute to and organically take shape within Threewalls’ Culture of Care


  • Minimum education: Master’s degree required; Ph.D. preferred, Areas of research: Art History, African American Studies or Black Studies, or American Studies
  • Strong research abilities that include working in traditional archives, accessing oral histories and interviews, and understanding the nuances of research
  • Experience with art historical research or curatorial methodologies in addition to methodologies of American Studies, African American Studies, Black Studies, or Anthropology
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to talk with artists and non-artists

Sounds Like a Fit? Here’s How to Apply
Please email your resume and one-page letter of interest in PDF format to: with “Program Fellow” in the subject line.

Application materials (resume, letter of interest, and writing sample) may be submitted as Word documents, PDF documents, by video or by voice submission. Questions about submission formats can be sent to:

Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2024 at 12:59pm Central. Interviews will take place the week of April 29, 2024. The Fellowship will take place from July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025.

Threewalls welcomes applications from all who are interested, with priority consideration for those who identify as: ALAANA (African descent, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native American), 2SITLQ (Two-spirit, Intersex, Transgender, Lesbian, Queer), non-binary, and/or disabled. Threewalls is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. Threewalls is an equal opportunity employer.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Compensation: $50,000/salary
Location: Chicago