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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

This two-year fellowship at The Met provides curatorial training and an opportunity for the fellow to engage with a community of scholars from around the world. The fellow is fully integrated into one of the Museum's curatorial departments, while devoting his or her time to a specific Met project. The individual works directly with one or more curators, who serve as supervisors and mentors throughout the term of the fellowship.

The fellow also has the opportunity to undertake an independent project in consultation with his or her supervising curator. Through weekly gatherings and discussions, the fellow takes part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of The Met.

Program Information

The fellow must be in residence at the Metropolitan Museum during the fellowship period.

The fellowship period is September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2020. In rare instances, the Museum will consider an application for a third-year renewal.

Candidate must hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in art history or archaeology in a field related to projects to be posted in August 2017. The degree should have been conferred within five years from the start date of the fellowship.

Applicants must submit a proposal that relates their work to one of the projects to be posted in August 2017. The accepted fellow works directly with one or more curators, who serve as supervisors and mentors throughout the term of the fellowship.

The fellow will receive an annual salary of $52,425, plus research and travel expenses up to a maximum of $6,000 and fringe benefits.

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow is a full-time exempt employee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online and in English. We will not accept applications or related materials via email, postal mail, or in person.

The online application will require you to provide the following:

1. Documents as Microsoft Word or PDF files:

  • Cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship position
  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • A statement, not to exceed one thousand words, specifying your areas of research and their relationship to the Museum's collection and activities. Include relevant experiences related to your chosen curatorial project area.
  • Copy of a published paper or recent writing sample

2. Contact information for three recommenders (at least one academic and one professional), none of whom may be current Metropolitan Museum of Art staff. Once you have submitted your recommenders' names, titles, and email addresses, they will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading their letters online. Please note that each letter must include the recommender's complete title and contact information. We encourage recommenders to submit letters in English.

The next application deadline for all materials, including letters of recommendation, is November 3, 2017, 5 pm (ET). Applications will not be accepted after this deadline. We will call finalists for an interview. Please note: An application for the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship does not preclude application for an Art History Fellowship.

Applications will open in fall 2017.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us.

All applicants for the 2018–2020 period will be notified by March 2, 2018.