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Art History Fellowships

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers fellowships in art history for PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior museum professionals. Predoctoral art history fellows, with the exception of Theodore Rousseau fellows, can be asked to assist the hosting curatorial departments with projects that complement their approved scholarly subject. Not all departments request this assistance. Senior fellows are generally expected to spend all of their time on their approved fellowship projects. However, if a senior fellow would like to contribute a portion of his or her time to the department it is usually welcomed. Fellows may be asked to give gallery talks to the public during their fellowship term and will be expected to participate in a fellows colloquia in which they give a twenty-minute presentation on their work in progress.

All fellows, with the exception of Theodore Rousseau fellows, must be in residence at the Metropolitan Museum during the fellowship period. All fellowships must take place between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015. Fellowships generally begin in September. The number of fellowships awarded depends on funds available; the stipend amount for one year is $42,000 for senior fellows and $32,000 for predoctoral fellows, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks). Health care benefits are included. Senior fellowships are intended for those who hold a PhD on the date of application and for well-established scholars.

We accept online applications only. The application deadline for art history fellowships awarded for the 2014–2015 year is November 1, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

How to apply.

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The following named fellowships are available to support the advancement of specific fields of study. If your background and academic interests align with the goals of one of these designated funds, you may indicate it in your application. Other endowed fellowships support research across fields. Please note that all fellowship determinations will be made at the discretion of the Grants Committee.

The Bothmer Fellowship

Awarded to an outstanding graduate student who has been admitted to the doctoral program of a university in the United States and who has submitted an outline of a thesis dealing with either Greek or Roman art. Preference is given to the applicant who, in the opinion of the Grants Committee, will profit most from utilizing the resources of the Department of Greek and Roman Art: its collection, library, photographic and other archives, and the guidance of its curatorial staff.

The Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art

This fellowship is awarded in honor of John K. Howat to a promising young scholar for one year's study or research in The American Wing on an aspect of the Museum's collection. Applicants should have been enrolled for at least one year in an advanced degree program in the field of American art or culture.

Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships in Modern Art

Two fellowships (each for a two-year term) are awarded annually to scholars studying Cubism. One position is intended for a predoctoral candidate who is embarking on his or her dissertation; the other fellowship is reserved for a qualified postdoctoral scholar at any stage of his or her career. All Lauder Fellows are expected to contribute to the activities and programming of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center.

Theodore Rousseau Fellowships

Intended to develop the skills of connoisseurship by supporting firsthand examination of paintings in major European collections rather than library research, Theodore Rousseau Fellowships are awarded for the training of students whose goal is to enter museums as curators of painting. Applicants should have been enrolled for at least one year in an advanced degree program in the field of art history. Short-term fellowships (minimum three months) will be considered, along with twelve-month requests.

The Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship

Awarded to a completed master's- or PhD-level candidate for training in an interdisciplinary approach, joining art historical research with technical investigation of the Museum's Northern Renaissance paintings. Note: The recipient of this fellowship will conduct research with the curator for the collection catalogue of early Netherlandish paintings.

The Hanns Swarzenski and Brigitte Horney Swarzenski Fellowship

Awarded to a promising young scholar for study and research at the Museum. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven interest in museum work or those planning to pursue a museum career in the field of medieval art. Should in any given year the Grants Committee find no suitable candidate for a fellowship in medieval art, the Museum may instead select a suitable candidate in the field of European decorative arts.


The following named fellowships support research across fields. You need not specify your interest in or eligibility for a particular fellowship in your application package. Please note that all fellowship determinations will be made at the discretion of the Grants Committee.

The Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund Fellowship

Awarded to predoctoral- and postdoctoral-level scholars from the United States and abroad for one year's study and research. This fellowship is reserved for talented individuals with promising art historical projects that will contribute to the field at large.

Chester Dale Fellowships

Intended for individuals whose fields of study are related to the fine arts of the Western world and who are preferably United States citizens under the age of forty. The grants, which typically cover periods from three months to one year, are for research at the Metropolitan Museum.

J. Clawson Mills Scholarships

Awarded for one year's study or research at the Museum or abroad in any branch of the fine arts relating to the Metropolitan Museum's collection. J. Clawson Mills Scholarships are generally reserved for mature scholars of demonstrated ability.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships

Awarded to promising young scholars whose research projects relate to the Museum's collection, as well to distinguished visiting scholars from the United States and abroad who can serve as teachers and advisers and make their expertise available to catalog and refine the collection.

These fellowships are usually awarded for a maximum of one year, most of which should be spent at the Metropolitan Museum. Applicants should have received their doctorate or have completed substantial work toward it. Short-term fellowships for senior scholars are also available.

Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowships

Awarded for study, work, or research to students of the fine arts whose fields are related to the Museum's collection, with preference given to students in the decorative arts who are under forty years of age.

Deadline for all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation:
November 1, 2013, 5:00 p.m. (EDT)

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