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. The fellow is fully integrated into the community of fellows and, through weekly gatherings and workshops, takes part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of The Met.
The fellow must be in residence at the Metropolitan Museum during the fellowship period.
The fellowship period is September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2018. 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 2015. 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 below. The accepted fellow 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.
Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: To research and assist with the development and preparation for a planned reinstallation and renovation of the African art galleries.
Department of Arms and Armor: To work on the installation and future rotations of a gallery devoted to the arms and armor of the ancient world.
The Robert Lehman Collection: To catalogue and create website labels for approximately two hundred paintings ranging from sixteenth-century German to seventeenth-century Dutch and Spanish to nineteenth-century and modern French painting. Applicants should have a background in European art from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.
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.
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:
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 deadline for all application materials, including letters of recommendation, is October 16, 2015, 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.
If you have any questions about the application process please contact us.
All applicants for the 2016–2018 period will be notified by March 4, 2016.