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Frequently Asked Questions

If I am accepted for a fellowship, will the Museum provide housing?
No. If you are accepted into The Met fellowship program, it is your responsibility to arrange your own housing and accommodations.

If I am not accepted for a fellowship, may I reapply the following year?
Yes. You will need to resubmit a complete application, including letters of recommendation and transcripts as necessary.

What happens after I submit my application?
Staff in applicable department(s) review your application to assess the quality and feasibility of your proposal. If your proposal is deemed acceptable, the department makes a recommendation to the Grants Committee, composed of 15 members of the Museum's professional staff appointed by the Museum's Director. The committee then spends six weeks reviewing all applications, determining the quality of the proposals and feasibility of resources, and verifying academic and/or professional records as well as recommendations, before making final recommendations for awards to the Director. Once the Director reviews and approves the awards, you will be notified regarding the result of your application by the last Friday in February.

May I submit my application before the deadline?
Yes. You may apply as soon as the application forms are available on this website.

I missed the application deadline. May I submit a late application?
No. The Met is unable to accept late applications. All application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the application system by the specified deadline.

May I take days off during the fellowship period for vacation, sickness, or other personal reasons?
If accepted, individual schedules for research travel, vacation, and personal days are to be determined in consultation with your supervisor and the Office of Academic and Professional Programs. In general, we recommend ten such personal days a year on average, and sick days as needed.

I have received a Bachelor of Arts degree or international equivalent. May I apply?
Fellowships are only available to those who have completed a master's degree; please check the specific eligibility requirements for each type of fellowship The Met offers.

If you have a BA or international equivalent, you may be eligible for one of the undergraduate or graduate internships The Met offers. For more information, please see Internships.

I am not a United States citizen. Am I eligible to apply for a fellowship?
Yes. The fellowship program is open to and regularly hosts international scholars.

Does the Museum sponsor visas?
Yes. If awarded a fellowship, we will provide further information about the process to acquire a visa. Please note that you are responsible for paying all administrative fees; we are unable to reimburse or cover costs incurred during the visa application process.

May I contact an individual Met staff member about becoming a fellow in his/her department?
As a general rule, please do not contact staff outside The Met's Academic and Professional Programs Office about fellowships. Only senior scholars applying for a fellowship in Conservation or Scientific Research are recommended to contact individual staff members to determine the availability of technical equipment; please contact us so that we may put you in touch with the appropriate staff member.

May I be a fellow for less than a year?
All fellowships are intended to be one year in length unless otherwise noted. Only senior scholars may request a shorter period, if appropriate.

May I apply for more than one type of fellowship at a time? (For example, an Art History Fellowship and a Curatorial Research Fellowship?)
Yes, but you will need to submit a separate, complete application (including transcripts and letters of recommendation, even if the same individual is providing a recommendation for more than one application) using each online application form. Please carefully review the eligibility requirements for each fellowship.

Will I be notified when my application is received?
Yes. You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully submitted your online application. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us.

Will I have to interview?
We will contact only those finalists for the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship and the Curatorial Research Fellowship for interviews. All interviews are conducted by phone, Skype, or another similar video chat.

May I inquire about the status of my application?
Please do not write us to inquire about the status of your application. Due to the high volume of interest in these fellowships, it may not be possible to respond. We make every effort to notify all applicants as to the result of their application in a timely manner.

Do you require letters of recommendation with my application?
Yes, we require three letters of recommendation with each application. At least one of these letters should be from a professional reference—that is, someone who can speak on your behalf as a colleague and collaborator, beyond your work and research capabilities. For example, your professional reference may be someone with whom you organized a conference panel or co-edited a volume, or (in the case of PhD candidates) someone who can speak to your work as a teaching assistant. If you have a question about whether any of your references may be considered a professional reference, please contact us.

How do I submit letters of recommendation?
All letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through the online application system.

In the online application, you will provide the recommenders' names and email addresses; they will automatically receive email instructions as to how to upload their recommendation letters. We do not accept recommendation letters by email or post, or in person. Be sure to give your recommenders enough time to submit their letters; we strongly suggest requesting letters of recommendation at least one month prior to the application deadline. We do not accept recommendation letters after the application deadline.

What is the difference between an "academic" and a "professional" reference? Can all of my recommenders be "academic"?
Your professional reference may certainly be from an academic or someone who knows you from a university setting; we ask, however, that at least one letter be from someone who can speak on your behalf as a "professional." Please see "Do you require letters of recommendation with my application?" above.

My recommender will not be able to send a letter of recommendation by the application deadline. May I submit the letter of recommendation on his or her behalf?
No. All letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by the recommenders via the online application system. The online application requires you to provide the recommenders' names and email addresses; they will automatically receive email instructions as to how to upload their recommendation letters. We do not accept recommendation letters via email or post, or in person.

Must letters of recommendation be written in English?
We prefer that your letters of recommendation be written in English. We require that the fellowship application itself be written in English.

Do you require official university transcripts?
For the purposes of your application, you may upload your official transcripts directly to the application system yourself. In many circumstances, "official transcripts" are those sent in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. This is not the case with applications for Met fellowships because we are only able to accept digital copies through the application system. Therefore, we recommend that you request the issuing institution to send you an official copy directly; you can then scan the copy and upload it to the application system.

Please note that we cannot accept encrypted transcripts; the application system will not be able to read such files. If your college or university only issues transcripts that are encrypted, please print out a copy for yourself, scan it, and upload it to the application system.

If I studied at more than one college or university, do I need to submit transcripts from all institutions?
Yes. Please submit official transcripts from all institutions. Because there is only one place to upload undergraduate transcripts and one place to upload graduate transcripts, we recommend combining all of your undergraduate transcripts into one file and all of your graduate transcripts into another file. These can then each be uploaded in the appropriate sections.

What kind of project should I propose?
For Art History (including Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships) and Museum Education and Public Practice Fellowships, you should submit an independent research project proposal. For example, if you are a PhD candidate, your proposal would likely be to research and write your dissertation or (if you are near completion) transforming your dissertation into a publication. Be sure to indicate how your proposed work relates to The Met collection.

If you are a junior scholar applying for a Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowship, you do not need to submit a specific proposal. Rather, please submit a statement of intent describing your prior experience and how a fellowship at The Met will further your career goals. If you are a senior scholar applying for a Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowship or for the Research Scholarship in Photograph Conservation, you should submit a project proposal.

If you are applying for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship or a Curatorial Research Fellowship, then you should not submit an independent project. Instead, you must apply for one of the projects listed on the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship page or the Curatorial Research Fellowship page, respectively.

May I propose an exhibition, symposium, or similar program as my fellowship project?
We are unable to accept proposals for exhibitions, symposia, or similar programs. Applications in which such a project is the major objective of the proposal will be disqualified.

I am a scholar in a subject outside the field of art history, but my project relates to objects in The Met collection. May I still apply?
Yes, you may still apply even if your primary field is not art history, as long as your project is related to object-based research on works of art in The Met collection. In the past, we have hosted scholars of literature, musicology, linguistics and philology, religious studies, philosophy, and anthropology. You should emphasize in your application how your project requires object-based research and will benefit from the art historical perspective of working at The Met.

For Applicants:

Why haven't I received confirmation that I submitted my application?
Sometimes the automated messages sent by the application system end up in spam boxes. If you have checked your spam mail and there is no email from Wizehive (the application system), please contact us.

Why won't the system let me upload my documents?
We are only able to accept PDFs (.pdf) or Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx). If you are using a different format, the application system will not be able to accept the file. If you are trying to submit a Word document or PDF and are still unable to do so, please contact us.

Can I submit my application before all of my recommenders have submitted their recommendations?
Yes. In fact, we strongly suggest submitting your application in advance of the deadline, even if your recommenders have not yet submitted their recommendations. The links sent to your recommenders by the application system will continue to be functional even after you have submitted your application.

One of my recommenders lost his/her link to upload the recommendation. Can I ask another recommender to share his/her link?
No. Each link generated by the application system is unique to each recommender. This means that sharing a link between recommenders will result in one of the letters being deleted and replaced with the most recent document uploaded using that link.

If your recommender cannot find the link in his/her email (including the spam box), please ask the recommender to contact us.

For Recommenders:

Why is there no applicant name in the email requesting that I submit a recommendation on behalf of someone?
If the email does not indicate who is requesting a recommendation, the individual has not yet entered his or her name in the application. Unfortunately, in most cases this means we are also unable to determine to whom this particular email is linked. If you have already corresponded with students or colleagues about writing a recommendation, we recommend reaching out to them directly to clarify.

Why won't the system let me upload my documents?
We are only able to accept PDFs (.pdf) or Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx). If you are using a different format, the system will not be able to accept the file. If you are trying to submit a Word document or PDF and are still unable to do so, please contact us.

Why doesn't the link I was sent to upload my recommendation work?
The automated email sometimes inserts an asterisk (*) where there should not be one. We suggest double-checking the URL you are using to be sure that there is no asterisk (*) at the end of it. If there is, remove it and try reloading the page.