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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

This two-year fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum 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 Metropolitan Museum 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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Fellowship Projects

  • 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.

Fellowship Term

  • 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.

Funding

  • 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.

Deadline for all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation:
October 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (ET)

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