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Museum Education and Public Practice Fellowship

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a fellowship in museum education and public practice. One fellow is selected per year to focus on gallery teaching and interpretation within the context of art museums, examining aspects of the intersection of museum learning, education theory and philosophy, art practice and art history, cultural and social history, and/or the sciences.

The fellow is required to engage with the public and with peers at least twice during the course of the fellowship. This engagement can include leading a public program and leading a discussion with staff or peers. The fellow is also required to work with staff in The Met's Education Department to develop a half- or full-day public program, including a lecture and/or round-table discussion, in order to open a dialogue about museum education and public practice for the New York City and broader tristate audience. 

During his or her tenure, the fellow teaches, trains, and shares knowledge about educational practices with the internal and external Museum community. In addition, the fellow contributes to the teaching of various constituents, including families with children, adults, and Museum volunteers.

Program Information

The fellow must be in residence at the Metropolitan Museum for the duration of the fellowship period.

The term of the fellowship is six months and must take place between September 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018.

The fellowship is intended for an individual who has either received their MA degree in museum education or cultural and social history (by the application deadline date), or is currently enrolled in a PhD program, or has experience in the museum field or in work that intersects with museum education practices, such as public or community-based programming; curatorial practice; evaluation; audience or social research; socially engaged art practices; and other relevant areas.

The stipend amount is $21,000, with up to an additional $6,000 for research-related travel (maximum of two weeks) and miscellaneous expenses.

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:

  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • A project proposal including:
    • A statement, not to exceed one thousand words, specifying what you wish to accomplish during the fellowship period and detailing how you can utilize the Museum's resources to accomplish your goals. The statement must also discuss the issues pertaining to museum education and public practice you wish to investigate during the fellowship period, how this research is relevant to the field, and how it will advance the work of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as that of your own institution, if applicable.
    • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period and proposed starting and ending dates
    • Tentative schedule of travel (maximum of two weeks) required during the fellowship period
  • List of other fellowships or grants for which you have applied in the same period

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 applications 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 year will be notified by February 24, 2017.