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Curatorial Research Fellowship

Two fellowship positions funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provide scholarly support for the Museum's curatorial program through focused art-historical research and cataloguing of the permanent collection. The fellows work with a curatorial mentor to learn best practices in cataloguing, with the goal of presenting full catalogue information for selected object records of their host department. This involves research on issues of authentication, dating, provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography.

The fellow also transfers all paper-based records for the selected group of objects to The Museum System (TMS) collections-management database for integration on the Museum's website. Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the creation of online tools for communicating their collections research. They also work with conservators, scientists, educators, Digital Department staff, and other professionals during their tenure. The fellows are fully integrated into the life of The Met and, through weekly gatherings and discussions, take part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of The Met.

Program Information

This position begins in September 2017. The position is for one year and is renewable for a second year.

Individuals who hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in art history or archaeology that was conferred within five years from the start date of the fellowship (between September 1, 2012, and September 1, 2017) are eligible to apply.

Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: to enhance gallery labels and text, online information, and digital app relating to the South East Asian textile holdings in the Oceanic collection; to review and research the textiles and write formal descriptions of the works, incorporating conservation notes, exhibition histories, collection histories, and updated bibliographic records. The collection includes 18th- through mid-20th-century samples of textile-making traditions from Taiwan, Malaysia, and the Philippines, but has particular density in textiles from Indonesia. Candidates should have an interest in museum work and background in the textile arts.

The Costume Institute: to research a group of European fashions, in particular a group of approximately 200 primarily French and British 18th-century gowns and related components representing the core of the 18th-century womenswear collection, in order to enrich existing object records and to make information on these objects more accessible to the public. Candidates should have knowledge of 18th-century European fashion and textiles, with a particular interest in French and British examples. A strong familiarity with materials and construction techniques of this period is also desired.

Department of Egyptian Art: to catalogue the collection of approximately 4,000 scarabs—including updating object information, taking measurements, and writing labels—in order to make this group of objects more accessible for research by the public and the Museum's curators as they consider the scarabs' use and meaning in future exhibitions and installations. Candidates should have a background in Egyptology, an interest in museum work, and demonstrated facility with small objects.

Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts: to conduct research, along with curatorial staff, on targeted areas of the department's collection of 8,000 British works of art in preparation for the reinstallation of the British Decorative Arts Galleries in 2018; to contribute new scholarship and synthesize existing information for use by various audiences within and outside The Met. Familiarity with The Museum System (TMS) is preferred, as is some familiarity with the Museum's holdings of European art, libraries, and visual resources.

Department of Islamic Art: to conduct research and codicological analysis on the department's 105 complete or fragmentary Qur'ans—including works on paper, parchment, and papyrus—in order to update the department's collection information and contribute to the Museum's website through the Timeline of Art History, blogs, or other content. Candidates should have fluent reading ability in Arabic and preferably competence in Persian or Turkish; specialization in the arts of the Islamic book, particularly Qur'ans, is highly desirable, as is a degree in art history or Islamic studies.

The Robert Lehman Collection: to digitally catalogue the Robert Lehman Collection's Northern European paintings collection, which consists primarily of 15th- and 16th-century French, German, and Southern Netherlandish works, as well as 17th-century Dutch examples; to conduct research on the paintings, compile bibliographies and exhibition histories, and compose labels for the Museum's website and catalogue entries. Candidates should have a background in Northern European art of the 15th to 18th centuries, ideally with a specialization in Netherlandish art.

Annual salary is $54,636, plus fringe benefits and a $6,000 research travel allowance.

Each Curatorial Research Fellow is a temporary 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.

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 November 4, 2016, at 5 pm (ET).

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

All applicants for the 2017–2018 term will be notified by February 24, 2017.