Research Scholarship in Photograph Conservation

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 Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation works on-site in the photograph conservation lab of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation. The Research Scholar is fully integrated into the community of art history and conservation fellows and takes part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of the Met.


  • 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.

Fellowship Projects

  • The Research Scholar conducts independent research related to issues of historic and contemporary processes, preservation, analysis, or treatment of photographs, and participates in the collection- and exhibition-related activities of the Photograph Conservation lab. 
  • Recent issues the Department of Photographs has been considering for research include: characterization of photographs in The Diane Arbus Archive; the refinement of housing designs for low-temperature storage; a technical and historical investigation of E. J. Bellocq's working methods; the development of content for online publication; and the identification of coatings used on photographs.

Fellowship Term

  • 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 $52,000 per year, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks).

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


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