In alternate years the Museum offers a research scholarship in photograph conservation. The Research Scholar has a two-year term with the possibility of renewal for a third year and works on site in the photograph conservation lab of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation. The Research Scholar reports to the Sherman Fairchild Conservator of Photographs, who in turn reports to the Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs.
The Research Scholar is expected to conduct independent research related to issues of historic and contemporary processes, preservation, analysis, or treatment of photographs, and to participate in the collection- and exhibition-related activities of the Photograph Conservation lab. In addition to serving the interests of the Research Scholar, the proposed project should be of significance to the Museum's photograph collection and be of benefit to the field of photograph conservation at large.
Recent issues the Department of Photographs has been considering for research include: characterization of photographs in the Diane Arbus archive; silver mirroring on gelatin developed-out photographs within the collection; and the identification of coatings used on photographs.
Past research scholarship projects have investigated the use of near-anoxic housings to protect autochrome dyes while on display; the conservation documentation of the Southworth & Hawes daguerreotype collection; and the measurement and documentation of color change in photographs using densitometry, spectrophotometry, and micro-fading.
The Research Scholar is expected to have a graduate degree in conservation or equivalent experience and should be completely committed to the conservation of photographs as his or her area of specialization.
The Research Scholar's term follows the academic calendar, with the successful candidate beginning in September. The scholar may apply during the second year of his or her tenure for an extension to a third year. The stipend amount is $42,000 per year, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks). Health care benefits are included.
The next application deadline for this fellowship will be in the fall of 2014. Please check back at that time for more information about how to apply.