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Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowships

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers junior- and senior-level fellowships in conservation and scientific research. Junior fellowships are intended for those who have recently completed graduate-level training. Senior fellowships are intended for 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.

The stipend amount for one year is $42,000 for senior conservators/scientific researchers and $32,000 for junior conservators/scientific researchers, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks) and miscellaneous expenses. Health care benefits are included. All fellowships must take place between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016. Fellowships generally begin in September.


The following named fellowships are available to support research across conservation and scientific research fields. You need not specify your interest in a particular fellowship in your application. Please note that all fellowship determinations will be made at the discretion of the Grants Committee.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservation Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made it possible for The Metropolitan Museum of Art to award a limited number of annual conservation fellowships for training in one or more of the following Museum departments: Arms and Armor, Asian Art Conservation, The Costume Institute, Musical Instruments, Objects Conservation (including sculpture, metalwork, glass, ceramics, furniture, and archaeological objects), Paintings Conservation, Paper Conservation, Scientific Research, or Textile Conservation. Fellowships are not granted every year in each department. Each Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Fellowship is typically one year in duration. Shorter-term fellowships for senior scholars are also available. Whenever possible, applicants to this program should have reached an advanced level of experience or training.

The Sherman Fairchild Foundation Conservation Fellowship

The Sherman Fairchild Foundation enables the Museum to provide annual conservation fellowships to qualified candidates from the United States and abroad who have already reached an advanced level of training or experience. The Sherman Fairchild Fellowship makes possible study and training in the following Museum conservation departments: Arms and Armor, Asian Art Conservation, The Costume Institute, Musical Instruments, Objects Conservation (including sculpture, metalwork, glass, ceramics, furniture, and archaeological objects), Paintings Conservation, Paper Conservation, Scientific Research, or Textile Conservation. The term for the fellowship award is typically one year, but shorter-term fellowships are also available for senior scholars.

Polaire Weissman Fund Fellowship

Available to qualified graduate students interested in pursuing an academic or museum career in the history or conservation of dress. The focus of the fellowship must be on either the art historical or conservation aspects of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Applicants should have been enrolled for at least one year in an advanced degree program in the field of art, architecture, cultural studies, design, or costume history.

Deadline for all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation:
December 5, 2014, 5:00 p.m. (EST)

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