Art History Fellowships

Fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum are an opportunity for a community of scholars from around the world to use the Museum as a place for exchange, research, and professional advancement. The fellows are fully integrated into the community of art history and conservation fellows and, through weekly gatherings and workshops, take part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of the Met. Fellows are given a workspace and access to libraries, collections, research facilities, labs, and, perhaps most importantly, the time and space to think.


  • PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars are eligible to apply. 
  • Junior fellows are those applicants who are currently working on their PhD; senior fellows are those who hold a PhD on the date of application and/or are well-established scholars.
  • The Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship and the Polaire Weissman Fund Fellowship are open to candidates who have completed their master's degree or are in the process of completing their PhD.

Fellowship Projects

  • Applicants submit a specific research proposal that makes use of the Museum's collection and/or resources, and accepted fellows spend the majority of their time working on that project. 
  • Junior fellows, with the exception of Theodore Rousseau Fellows, can be asked to assist the hosting curatorial departments with projects that complement their approved proposal. 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.
  • The Met offers a Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship for training in an interdisciplinary approach, joining art-historical research with technical investigation of the Museum's Northern Renaissance paintings. The Museum also offers a small number of Theodore Rousseau Fellowships for research travel related to paintings in European collections.

Fellowship Term

  • 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, 2016, and August 31, 2017.


  • The number of fellowships awarded depends on funds and resources available.
  • The stipend amount for one year is $42,000 for junior fellows and $52,000 for senior fellows, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks).
  • See a list of endowed fellowships.

Deadline for all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation:
November 6, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (ET)


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