Conservation and Scientific Research 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 focused access to research facilities, labs, libraries, collections, and, perhaps most importantly, the time and space to think.


  • PhD candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and senior scientists and researchers are eligible to apply.
  • Junior fellows are those applicants who have recently completed graduate-level training; senior fellows are well-established professionals with at least eight years of experience in the field and a proven publication record, or those who have their PhD in hand by the deadline date.

Fellowship Projects

  • Junior fellows work closely with Metropolitan Museum staff to receive training on scientific research and conservation practices. Senior fellows work on a specific research project that makes use of the Museum's collection and/or resources.

Fellowship Term

  • All 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. Fellowships generally begin in September.


  • 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 scientific and conservation fellowships.

Deadline for all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation:
December 4, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (ET)


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