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Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowships

Fellowships at The Met are an opportunity for a community of scholars from around the world to use the Museum as a place for exchange, research, and professional advancement. The fellows are fully integrated into the community of art history and conservation fellows and, through weekly gatherings and workshops, take part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of The Met. Fellows are given a workspace and focused access to research facilities, labs, libraries, collections, and, perhaps most importantly, the time and space to think.

Program Information

All fellows must be in residence at the Metropolitan Museum during the fellowship period.

All fellowships must take place between September 1, 2016, and August 31, 2017. Fellowships generally begin in September.

PhD candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and senior scientists and researchers are eligible to apply.

Junior fellows are those applicants who have recently completed graduate-level training; senior fellows are well-established professionals with at least eight years of experience in the field and a proven publication record, or those who have their PhD in hand by the deadline date.

Junior fellows work closely with Met staff to receive training on scientific research and conservation practices. Senior fellows work on a specific research project that makes use of the Museum's collection and/or resources.

The number of fellowships awarded depends on funds and resources available.

The stipend amount for one year is $42,000 for junior fellows and $52,000 for senior fellows, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks).

See a list of endowed scientific and conservation fellowships.

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.

Junior Fellowship Application Procedures

The online application will require you to provide the following:

1. Documents as Microsoft Word or PDF files:

  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • A statement of interest and intent, not to exceed one thousand words, describing why The Metropolitan Museum of Art is uniquely suited to your fellowship objectives, and how you will utilize the Museum's resources to achieve your goals
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • For Paper Conservation applicants only:
    • Two treatment reports and associated documentation with explanations justifying the reason for treatment and decisions entering each stage of treatment (not to exceed 250 words per object)

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.

Senior Fellowship Application Procedures

Senior fellowships are intended for well-established professionals with at least eight years of experience in the field and a proven publication record, or those who have their PhD in hand by the deadline date.

We welcome preliminary inquiries from senior applicants regarding the suitability of the project proposal to the departmental areas of research.

The online application will require you to provide the following:

1. Documents as Microsoft Word or PDF files:

  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • Project proposal including:
    • A statement, not to exceed one thousand words, describing what you expect to accomplish during the fellowship period and how you will utilize the Museum's resources and collections to achieve your objectives
    • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period and proposed starting and ending dates

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 transcripts and letters of recommendation, is December 4, 2015, 5 pm (ET).

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

All applicants for the 2016–2017 year will be notified by March 4, 2016.